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NEWS RELEASE 00-045; APRIL 4, 2000 April 4, 2000
News Release 00-045
Inv. No. 332-409

MEDIA ADVISORY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold a public hearing in connection with its general factfinding investigation concerning The Impact on the U.S. Economy of Including the United Kingdom in a Free Trade Arrangement with the United States, Canada, and Mexico on Tuesday, April 11, 2000. 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. Senate's Committee on Finance. The Commission will submit its report to the Committee by August 18, 2000.

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 December 22, 1999 (posted under "notices"), and a news release issued on December 23, 1999 (posted under "News Releases"). The witness list is expected to be available by Monday, April 10, 2000; 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 The
              Impact on the U.S. Economy of Including the United Kingdom in a Free
              Trade Arrangement with the United States, Canada, and Mexico

TIME/DATE: 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2000

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

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