May 15, 2009
News Release 09-041
Inv. No. 332-502
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries have the greatest potential to be competitive in the production of cotton yarn, fabric, and other textile and apparel inputs, but they face numerous challenges, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its report Sub- Saharan African Textile and Apparel Inputs: Potential for Competitive Production.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, conducted a review to identify yarns, fabrics, and other textile and apparel inputs that can be produced competitively in beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries through new or increased investment or other measures.

The review, required by a provision included in 2008 legislation extending the Andean Trade Preference Act, was submitted today to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and the Comptroller General. Highlights of the report follow.

Sub-Saharan African Textile and Apparel Inputs: Potential for Competitive Production (Investigation No. 332-502, USITC publication 4078, May 2009) is available on the USITC's Internet site at A printed copy may be requested by emailing, calling 202-205-2000, or writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax 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 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 findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigations reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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