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NEWS RELEASE 01-126; October 25, 2001 October 25, 2001
News Release 01-126
Inv. No. 332-421

U.S. PROCESSED FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCTS AFFECTED BY NUMEROUS TRADE BARRIERS, SAYS ITC

U.S. exports of processed foods and beverages have become an increasingly important component of U.S. agricultural exports, but tariffs and a number of non-tariff measures represent significant trade barriers for these products, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission in its publication Processed Foods and Beverages: A Description of Tariff and Non-tariff Barriers for Major Products and Their Impact on Trade.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently completed the report for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means. The report describes the tariff and non-tariff barriers affecting trade in processed foods and beverages in major and potential markets, including complex tariffs, tariff-rate quotas, regional trade agreements, licensing arrangements, certification and registration requirements, and variable levies; evaluates the prevalence of tariff escalation for processed food and beverage products; and analyzes the impact of tariff and non-tariff barriers on trade and investment in the processed food and beverage sectors.

The report analyzes the trade barriers in the following twelve sectors: dairy products; sugars and sugar-containing products; vegetable oils; meats; eggs and egg products; flours and other intermediate goods; grain-based foods; fruits and vegetables; edible nuts and nut products; alcoholic beverages; pet food; and other miscellaneous food and beverage products. Report highlights follow.

Processed Foods and Beverages: A Description of Tariff and Non-tariff Barriers for Major Products and Their Impact on Trade (Inv. No. 332-421, USITC Publication 3455, October 2001) 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 the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be faxed to 202-205-2104.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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