Since anything that the U.S. government has become involved in has created problems, less government in trade may be the better decision. Certainly, Jefferson's words hold true: That government that governs best, governs least.
Working with the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Administration does promote the general benefits of trade; however, many ITA activities resemble the failed policy of mercantilism, which economist Adam Smith tried to eliminate more than 200 years ago. The ITA has been criticized for confusing free trade with “fair trade,” a code word for protectionism.
Here is a report that is an argument against government regulation of trade:
According to a University of Michigan study, the average U.S. family of four still stands to gain an estimated $7,800 per year if there was total elimination of global barriers to trade in goods and services. The World Bank has reported that the elimination of global trade barriers could lift 300-500 million of the world’s poor out of poverty over the next 15 years.