June 30, 2008
News Release 08-062
Inv. Nos. 332-498 and Chile FTA-103-020
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC RELEASES REPORT ON ACCELERATED TARIFF ELIMINATION FOR CERTAIN AGRICULTURAL ARTICLES UNDER THE U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today released a public version of its confidential report concerning the proposed accelerated elimination of tariffs under the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (UCFTA) for certain vegetables and grape juice that are goods of Chile.

The investigation, Certain Vegetables and Grape Juice: Probable Economic Effect of Accelerated Tariff Elimination for Certain Goods of Chile, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on February 11, 2008. An addendum to the request was received on February 22, 2008.

The ITC submitted its confidential advice to the USTR on May 22, 2008. As directed by the USTR, the publication released today includes only the unclassified sections of the report, with all business confidential information deleted.

In this investigation, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, provided advice on the probable economic effect of the proposed UCFTA accelerated tariff eliminations on U.S. industries producing like or directly competitive articles, on workers in these industries, and on consumers of the affected goods. The investigation covered frozen beans, spinach, sweet corn, miscellaneous other frozen vegetables, and frozen mixtures of vegetables; canned artichokes; and other grape juice including grape must. If enacted, duties on these goods would be eliminated on or about January 1, 2009.

Certain Vegetables and Grape Juice: Probable Economic Effect of Accelerated Tariff Elimination for Certain Goods of Chile (Investigation Nos. Inv. No. 332-498 and Chile FTA-103-020, USITC publication 4017, June 2008) is available on the ITC's Internet site at /publications/332/pub4017.pdf.

A CD-ROM of the report may be requested by sending an email to pubrequest@ustic.gov, 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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