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NEWS RELEASE 98-006; FEBRUARY 12, 1998 February 12, 1998
News Release 98-006


The U.S. canned fish industry, producing canned tuna and other popular seafoods, faces strong competition from foreign rivals in domestic and international markets, says the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its report Industry and Trade Summary: Canned Fish, Except Shellfish.

In addition, a variety of biological and legal constraints on the availability of raw fish to canneries affected production and trade during 1992-96, the years covered by the report. The principal products covered in the publication include tuna, salmon, sardines, and mackerel.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding agency, recently released the report as part of an ongoing series of reports on thousands of products imported into and exported from the United States. Highlights from the report include:

The foregoing information is from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Canned Fish, Except Shellfish (USITC Publication 3083, January 1998).

ITC Industry and Trade Summary reports include information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, and tariff treament of the products being studied; they analyze the basic factors affecting trends in consumption, production, and trade of the commodities, as well as factors bearing on the competitiveness of the U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

Reports are available for downloading from the ITC's Internet server at A printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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