July 19, 2005
News Release 05-081
Inv. No. 332-345

ITC RELEASES SHIFTS IN U.S. MERCHANDISE TRADE 2004

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2004, an annual compendium of data and analysis examining changes in trade with key U.S. partners and in crucial U.S. industries, was released today by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, released the information in a web-based format that focuses on reasons for key shifts in trade, provides data by country and commodity, and can be searched by country or commodity sector.

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2004 can be accessed at: http://www.usitc.gov/research_and_analysis/trade_shifts.htm

Users will find a comprehensive review of U.S. trade performance in 2004, focusing on changes in U.S. exports, imports, and trade balances of key natural resource, agricultural, and manufacturing industries, as well as changes in U.S. trade with major partners and groups. For example, the report examines:

Also available are profiles of the U.S. industry and market for over 250 industry/commodity groups and subgroups, offering data for 2000-2004 on consumption, production, employment, and trade. The ITC's Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade site also includes links to other ITC research and resources, providing users with quick access to analyses and data, as well as links to other government organizations that have related information.

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2004 is also available as a CD-ROM. Users can obtain the CD- ROM version through the "Request CD-ROM" link on the web site or by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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