The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that increased imports of lamb meat are a substantial cause of threat of serious injury to an industry in the United States.
The Commission's determination resulted from a 6-0 vote. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey voted in the affirmative.
Under section 311 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act, the Commission made negative findings with respect to imports of lamb meat from Canada and Mexico. These findings also resulted from 6-0 votes.
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 25, 1999; it will vote on remedy recommendations in late March and will forward its findings and recommendations in this investigation to the President by April 5, 1999.
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 negative determinations with respect to imports of lamb meat 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.