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NEWS RELEASE 04-028; APRIL 6, 2004 April 6, 2004
News Release 04-028
Inv. No. 332-456


U.S.-based express delivery service providers encounter a range of trade impediments in foreign markets. Postal reform, trade negotiations, and customs improvements may reduce the severity of these impediments and likely improve the competitive posture of these firms in foreign markets, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its report Express Delivery Services: Competitive Conditions Facing U.S.-based Firms in Foreign Markets.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, released the report to the public on April 6, 2004. The investigation was conducted at the request of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives.

As requested by the Committee, the report examines the composition of the global industry, major market participants, and factors driving change, including regulatory reform, in major foreign markets; examines the extent to which competition among express delivery suppliers in foreign markets may be affected by government-sanctioned monopolies competing in those markets; and identifies additional impediments to trade encountered by U.S.-based express delivery service suppliers in foreign markets. For the purpose of the study, the Commission defines express delivery services as the expedited collection, transport and delivery of documents, printed matter, parcels and/or other goods, while tracking the location of, and maintaining control over, such items throughout the supply of the service; and services provided in connection therewith, such as customs facilitation and logistics services.

Highlights of the report follow:

Express Delivery Services: Competitive Conditions Facing U.S.-based Firms in Foreign Markets (Investigation No. 332-456, USITC Publication 3678, April 2004) is available in the Publications section of the ITC's Internet site at A CD-ROM version or 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 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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