July 19, 2006
News Release 06-073
Inv. No. 332-469
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

EVOLVING GLOBAL MARKET POSES CHALLENGES FOR U.S. FRESH ORANGE AND LEMON PRODUCERS, SAYS ITC

U.S. producers of fresh oranges and fresh lemons, who have enjoyed a dominant position among world producers, face new challenges both at home and abroad as the global market for fresh oranges and lemons becomes increasingly more competitive, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Conditions of Competition for Certain Oranges and Lemons in the U.S. Fresh Market.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, examined the competitive conditions of fresh orange and lemon industries of the United States and seven other countries at the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

As requested, the ITC report profiles the fresh orange and lemon industries in the United States and seven other countries - Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Mexico, South Africa, and Spain; compares their strengths and weaknesses; and assesses the prevailing conditions of competition, including production costs, in each of the countries. Highlights of the report follow.

Conditions of Competition for Certain Oranges and Lemons in the U.S. Fresh Market (Investigation No. 332-469, USITC Publication 3863, July 2006) will be available on the ITC's Internet site at /publications/docs/pubs/332/pub3863.pdf. A CD-ROM of the report 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 also 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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