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NEWS RELEASE 00-006; JANUARY 10, 2000 January 10, 2000
News Release 00-006
Inv. No. 332-400

U.S. FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY FACES INCREASED COMPETITION FROM
FOREIGN PRODUCERS, SAYS ITC

The United States is the world's largest producer and importer of forest products and the second largest exporter after Canada. However, U.S. forest products producers face increased competition in foreign markets from Brazil, Chile, Finland, Indonesia, and Sweden, among others, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Conditions of Competition in U.S. Forest Products Trade.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently completed the report for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. As requested, the ITC reported on the competitive factors affecting the U.S. forest products industry, foreign markets for forest products, and competition from other important forest products producing countries. Following are highlights of the report:

Conditions of Competition in U.S. Forest Products Trade (Inv. No. 332-400, USITC Publication 3246, October 1999) will be available on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov. 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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