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NEWS RELEASE 98-002; JANUARY 15, 1998 January 15, 1998
News Release 98-002
Inv. No. TA-201-67

ITC SAYS INCREASED IMPORTS OF WHEAT GLUTEN INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that increased imports of wheat gluten are a substantial cause of serious injury to the U.S. wheat gluten industry.

The Commission's determination resulted from a 3-0 vote. Chairman Marcia E. Miller, Vice Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, and Commissioner Carol T. Crawford voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Don E. Newquist did not participate.

Under section 311 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act, the Commission made a negative finding with respect to imports of wheat gluten from Canada and Mexico. That finding also resulted from a 3-0 vote.

As a result of today's vote, made under section 202 of the Trade Act of 1974, the Commission will proceed to the remedy phase of the investigation. The Commission will hold a hearing on remedy on February 10, 1998; it will vote on remedy recommendations in early March and will forward its finding and recommendations in this investigation to the President by March 18, 1998.

The President, not the ITC, will make the final decision concerning whether to provide relief to the U.S. industry and the kind of relief to provide. Under section 312 of the NAFTA Implementation Act, if the President makes a negative determination with respect to imports of wheat gluten from Canada and Mexico, such imports will be excluded from any remedy action.

A public report concerning the investigation will be available after the Commission submits its findings and recommendations to the President.

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