Error processing SSI file
NEWS RELEASE 01-149; December 21, 2001 December 21, 2001
News Release 01-149
Inv. No. 332-429


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today released Wheat Trading Practices: Competitive Conditions between U.S. and Canadian Wheat, a survey of U.S. and Canadian Durum and Hard Red Spring (HRS) wheat sold in the United States and key third-country markets during 1996-2001.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, conducted the investigation for the United States Trade Representative (USTR), who asked the ITC to provide a survey of U.S. purchasers of U.S. HRS and Durum wheat purchasers; a separate survey of U.S. exporters to key foreign markets; and a summary of conditions of wheat trade between the United States and Canada. Representatives of U.S. wheat growers filed a petition with USTR in October 2000 under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 alleging certain trade distorting practices of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the Government of Canada. Highlights of the ITC report follow:

Wheat Trading Practices: Competitive Conditions between U.S. and Canadian Wheat (Investigation No. 332-429, USITC Publication 3465, December 2001) will be posted in the Publications section of the ITC's Internet site at 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, D.C. 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 requestor. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requestor for national security reasons.

-- 30 --