September 26, 2000
News Release 00-122
Inv. No. 332-418

A U.S.-JORDAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WOULD HAVE NO MEASURABLE IMPACT ON U.S. PRODUCTION OR U.S. EMPLOYMENT, SAYS ITC

A U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would have no measurable impacts on total U.S. exports, total U.S. imports, U.S. production, or U.S. employment, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Economic Impact on the United States of a U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently completed the report for the U.S. Trade Representative. As requested, the ITC provided an overview of the Jordanian economy; data on Jordan's trade patterns with the United States and other major trade partners; a description of the tariff and investment relationship between the United States and Jordan; and an analysis of any sector for which there are significant economic impacts from a U.S.-Jordan FTA. Following are highlights of the report:

Economic Impact on the United States of a U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement (Inv. No. 332- 418, USITC Publication 3340, September 2000) will be available 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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