April 2, 1999
News Release 99-041
Inv. No. 332-191

U.S. NONRUBBER FOOTWEAR IMPORTS ROSE DESPITE SIGNIFICANT DECLINES
FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS EXCEPT CHINA IN 1998

Despite significant declines from most major suppliers, U.S. imports of nonrubber footwear rose by 1 percent in 1998, due entirely to a 6 percent gain in imports from China, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its Nonrubber Footwear Statistical Report.

U.S. imports of nonrubber footwear imports increased by 1 percent to 1.2 billion pairs in 1998 after growing 9 percent in 1997, according to the report. The value of imports, however, declined by 1 percent to $11.4 billion as the average unit price of imports dropped by 2 percent to $9.49 a pair. The slow down in the import growth reflected a stagnant U.S. market for nonrubber footwear, which rose by only 1 percent in 1998, following a 8 percent gain in 1997. Imports' share of domestic consumption showed no change at 92 percent by volume and 83 percent by value in 1998.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, issued the report as the fourth in a series of five annual reports on the nonrubber footwear industry requested by the Senate Committee on Finance. Following are other highlights of the report:

The foregoing information is from the ITC report, Nonrubber Footwear Statistical Report (Investigation No. 332-191, USITC publication 3174, March 1999). The report will be available on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

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