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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Neustar
Registry: Global Registry Services Limited
Registry Backend: GoDaddy
Type: Generic
Category: Commerce
Priority #: 700 - Famous Four Media (Elite Registry Limited)
Registrations: 21,676
Parked Domains: 34,952
Parked Domain %: 100 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 19 March 2014
General Availability: 09 June 2014

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.trade is a proposed TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant is Famous Four Media (Elite Registry Limited).[1] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 19 March 2014.[2]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

"The Applicant’s mission and purpose is to create an environment where individuals and companies can interact and express themselves in ways never before seen on the Internet, in a more targeted, secure and stable environment. Its aim is to become the premier online destination for such creators and their wide range of users. The Applicant will create an Internet space whose central function is to provide a platform for creating, producing and disseminating informative, creative and innovative content that is easily recognizable as pertaining to its stakeholder group. The Applicant is acutely aware of the importance of ICANN’s mission in coordinating the global Internetʹs systems of unique identifiers and ensuring their secure and stable operation. The Applicant’s core focus is to create a secure, sustainable, and specialized gTLD, thus supporting ICANN’s primary goals for this program in promoting consumer trust, consumer choice, competition and innovation.

Why .trade? International trade accounts for a good part of a country’s gross domestic product and is also one of the important sources of revenue for a developing country. Over the past couple of decades, there have been sweeping changes in general shop-based business, especially in the world of the internet. However, it can be hard to find trustworthy online trading resources.

Since its inception the internet has revolutionized the way we communicate, empowered hundreds of millions with knowledge and created a platform where global commerce can thrive. However, access to the countless benefits and opportunities which the internet offers can often be hindered when navigating the ever-expanding sea of irrelevant and sometimes malicious content which also exists.

Thus, the aim of .trade is to create a blank canvas for the online trade sector set within a secure environment. The Applicant will achieve this by creating a consolidated, versatile and dedicated space for the trade sector. As the new space is dedicated to those within this affinity group the Applicant will ensure that consumer trust is promoted. Consequently consumer choice will be augmented as there will be a ready marketplace specifically for trade-related enterprises to provide their goods and services. All stakeholders within the sector will be able to sample reactions to new ideas, or gather thoughts on the improvements of established ones. This will drive innovation and competition within the trade sector as there will be new channels available not yet fulfilled by current market offerings. This new environment will cause registrants to seek new ways to separate themselves from the competition.

How will .trade take shape? The Applicant believes that the success of the gTLD will be determined largely by the sector’s key global stakeholders. These stakeholders will be interested in registering a domain and additionally be motivated to protect their sector from detrimental practices. The Applicant believes that stakeholders should have the opportunity to influence the gTLD and the way it is governed. Accordingly, the Applicant is establishing a Governance Council (“GC”), consisting of key stakeholders that will serve as an advisory body.

Why Applicant? The Applicant has substantial combined experience amongst its team in managing global businesses from a financial, legal and operational perspective and an exceptionally strong financial position. The Applicant’s Team has previous experience with the entire gTLD life-cycle significantly lowering any launch and ongoing operational risks associated with this application. The Applicant has engaged a world-class Registry services provider to manage the technical infrastructure of the .trade gTLD. The Applicant is further advised by the leading sector experts in all other areas required to ensure a responsible and successful launch and ongoing management of the gTLD to the benefit of all stakeholders in the ICANN community.

Aside from certain start-up mechanisms, all domain names will generally be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. A Trademark Claims service will be offered for the first 90 days of general registration, with the intent of providing clear notice to potential Registrants of the existing rights of trademark owners with registered trademarks in the Trademark Clearinghouse."[3]

Contract Signed

On 23 January 2014 Famous Four Media received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .trade after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[4]

Delegation and Availability

.trade was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 19 March, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]