April 7, 2005
News Release 05-035
Inv. No. TA-2103-1
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC TO STUDY IMPACT OF FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS SIGNED UNDER TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an investigation on the impact of three trade agreements signed since 2002 under trade promotion authority (also known as "fast track authority").

The investigation, The Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Promotion Authority, is required by the Trade Act of 2002. The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will review and analyze the economic impact on the United States of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, and the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement. The ITC will submit the report to Congress by June 1, 2005.

The ITC is seeking input for the investigation from all interested parties. The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on April 27, 2005. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on April 20, 2005, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-1816.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (a signed original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on May 2, 2005.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated April 6, 2005, which can be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

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