May 6, 2008
News Release 08-044
Inv. No. 332-477
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

INTERNAL FACTORS CONTRIBUTED TO SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN EXPORT GROWTH FOR SELECTED INDUSTRIES IN RECENT YEARS, ITC FINDS

The value of global sub-Saharan African (SSA) exports increased from 2002 to 2006 in nine of 11 industries investigated by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) in its report Sub-Saharan Africa: Factors Affecting Trade Patterns of Selected Industries.

Internal factors within the region and increased global prices contributed to the export increases, according to the report.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, completed the report for the U.S. Trade Representative. It is the second of three annual reports that provide brief overviews of the trends in SSA exports in the agricultural, mining and manufacturing, and services sectors and profiles of SSA industries within those sectors whose products have shown significant export shifts in recent years. Each industry profile includes an analysis of the leading SSA exporters, their key markets, the leading competitors, and the market and policy factors that have contributed to the increases or decreases in exports.

The second annual report covers industries that produce coffee, shea butter, spices (primarily vanilla, cloves, pepper, and ginger), tropical fruit (primarily bananas and pineapples), footwear, natural rubber, processed diamonds, textiles, wood furniture, aviation services, and communication services. Highlights of the report follow:

Sub-Saharan Africa: Factors Affecting Trade Patterns of Selected Industries (Investigation No. 332-477, USITC Publication 3989, April 2008) will be available on the ITC's Internet site at /publications/332/pub3989.pdf. A CD-ROM of the report may be requested by calling 202-205-2000 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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