April 10, 2007
News Release 07-039
Inv. No. 332-490 and NAFTA-103-017
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC TO INVESTIGATE ECONOMIC EFFECT OF ELIMINATING U.S. TARIFFS UNDER THE NAFTA ON CERTAIN MEXICAN SUGAR GOODS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) has launched an investigation to report on the probable economic effect of eliminating the U.S. tariff under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on between 175,000 to 250,000 metric tons of certain sugar goods of Mexico.

The investigation, Certain Sugar Goods: Probable Economic Effect of Tariff Elimination Under NAFTA for Goods of Mexico, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative in a letter received on March 15, 2007.

In the request letter, the USTR noted that the NAFTA Implementation Act authorizes the President, subject to consultation and layover requirements, to proclaim modifications regarding the staging of certain duty treatments. The President is required to obtain the ITC's advice regarding such proposed actions.

As requested, the ITC will provide advice as to the probable economic effect on domestic industries producing like or directly competitive articles, workers in these industries, and on consumers of the affected goods, of eliminating the U.S. tariff under the NAFTA on between 175,000 and 250,000 metric tons, raw value, of sugar goods of Mexico falling under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule subheadings: (1) 1701.11.50 (raw cane sugar); (2) 1701.12.50 (raw beet sugar); (3) 1701.91.30 (refined sugar, containing added coloring); (4) 1701.99.50 (other refined sugar); (5) 1702.90.20 (other sugar and syrups, containing 6 percent or less soluble non-sugar solids); and (6) 2106.90.46 (sugar syrups, containing added coloring).

The ITC will submit its report, which will be confidential, to the USTR by June 15, 2007.

The ITC will not hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation. However, the ITC welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be filed at the earliest practical date, but no later than 5:15 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007.

Further information on the scope of this investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated April 6, 2007, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000.

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 Commissions' objective findings and independent analyses on the subject 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 finding and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigations reports are subsequently released to the public, unless, like this one, they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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