October 5, 2000
News Release 00-128

U.S. EDIBLE NUT TRADE SURPLUS DECLINES, REPORTS ITC

The United States experienced a declining trade surplus in edible nut products from 1995 to 1999, fueled by decreasing exports of almonds and peanuts and increased imports of cashews and peanut products, says the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its report Industry and Trade Summary: Edible Nuts.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently released the report as part of an ongoing series of reports on thousands of products imported into and exported from the United States. Following are highlights from the report:

The foregoing information is from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Edible Nuts (USITC Publication 3352, September 2000).

ITC Industry and Trade Summary reports include information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, and customs treatment of the products being studied; they analyze the basic factors affecting trends in consumption, production, and trade of the commodities, as well as factors bearing on the competitiveness of the U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

This report will be available on the ITC Internet web site at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy may be ordered without charge 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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