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NEWS RELEASE 99-081; June 9, 1999 June 9, 1999
News Release 99-081
Inv. No. 332-405

MEDIA ADVISORY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold a public hearing in connection with its general factfinding investigation concerning Probable Economic Effects of the Reduction or Elimination of U.S. Tariffs on Tuesday, June 15, 1999. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Main Hearing Room, ITC Building, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, is conducting the investigation at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The Commission will submit its report, which will be confidential, to the USTR by November 17, 1999.

Further information about this investigation is available on the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov. Users are referred to a Federal Register notice issued on April 14, 1999 (posted under "notices"), and a news release issued on April 14, 1999 (posted under "News Releases"). The witness list is expected to be available by Monday, June 14, 1999; when available, it will be posted in the "This Week" section of the Internet site.

ITC factfinding investigations may cover any trade- or tariff-related topic. They are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, or the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means; the Commission may also conduct investigations on its own motion. ITC factfinding reports compile and analyze information related to the subject of the investigation; however, they do not draw conclusions or make recommendations.

ITC hearings are open to the media and the public. Due to building security requirements, broadcast media planning to cover this hearing are asked to contact Peg O'Laughlin at 202- 205-1819 in advance.

EVENT:      Public hearing in connection with ITC factfinding investigation
            Probable Economic Effects of the Reduction or Elimination of U.S.
            Tariffs 

TIME/DATE:  9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 15, 1999

PLACE:      Main Hearing Room, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC

CONTACT:    Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

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