July 17, 2000
News Release 00-095
Inv. No. 332-407

U.S. AND CHINESE FOUNDRY COKE PRODUCERS ARE WORLD'S LARGEST PRODUCERS AND TRADERS, SAYS ITC

The U.S. and Chinese are the world's largest foundry coke producers and traders, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Foundry Coke: A Review of the Industries in the United States and China.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, prepared the report at the request of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives.

As requested, the ITC provided market information concerning the foundry coke industries in the United States and China for 1995 through 1999. The information covered production, consumption, and trade trends; prices; significant developments in foundry coke market practices; market factors affecting the availability of foundry coke and purchasing decisions by coke-consuming industries; costs related to compliance with environmental laws and policies; costs of transportation to U.S. markets for Chinese and domestic foundry coke; and other significant factors identified during the investigation. Highlights of the report follow.

The foregoing is from the ITC's report Foundry Coke: A Review of the Industries in the United States and China (Inv. No. 332-407, USITC Publication 3323, July 2000). The report will be posted on the ITC's Internet site 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.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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