May 1, 2002
News Release 02-034
Inv. No. 332-437

ITC RELEASES REPORT ON POSSIBLE GSP MODIFICATIONS FOR CERTAIN GOODS FROM AGOA COUNTRIES

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today released a public version of its confidential report to the President concerning possible modifications of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) for certain products imported from beneficiary countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The investigation, Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences with Respect to Certain Products Imported from AGOA Countries (Investigation No. 332-437), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

The unclassified version of the report released today deletes all confidential business information. The President is required to seek the ITC's advice on the economic effect of such modifications before making them.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided advice, with respect to unwrought manganese flake (HTS subheading 8111.00.45 (pt.)), as to the probable economic effect on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles and on consumers of the elimination of U.S. import duties only for countries designated as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the AGOA in general note 16 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS). As requested by the USTR, in providing its advice, the Commission assumed that GSP benefits would continue to apply to imports that would be normally excluded from receiving such benefits by virtue of the competitive need limits specified in section 503(c)(2)(A) of the Trade Act of 1974.

In addition, the ITC provided advice, with respect to prepared or preserved pears (HTS subheading 2008.40.00), as to the probable economic effect on United States industries producing like or directly competitive articles and on consumers of the removal of the article from eligibility for duty-free treatment under the GSP. The USTR noted that the article is currently eligible for GSP only for countries designated as beneficiary AGOA countries in general note 16 of the HTS.

Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences with Respect to Certain Products Imported from AGOA Countries (USITC Publication 3503, April 2002) may be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov), 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 also be made by fax 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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