January 11, 2002
News Release 02-005
Inv. No. 332-435

ITC LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION ON THE COMPETITIVE CONDITIONS FACING THE U.S. TOOL, DIE, AND INDUSTRIAL MOLD INDUSTRIES; SEEKS INPUT FROM TRADE ASSOCIATIONS, INDUSTRY OFFICIALS, AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation into the conditions of competition facing U.S. producers in the tool, die, and industrial molds industries.

The investigation, Tools, Dies, and Industrial Molds: Competitive Conditions in the United States and Selected Foreign Markets (Investigation No. 332-435), was requested by the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, in a letter received on December 21, 2001.

In the letter, the Committee noted that the impact of globalization on important U.S. industries is of ongoing concern and interest to the U.S. Congress, and that it has recently come to the Committee's attention that U.S. producers in the three industries are concerned about the competitive conditions facing their industries.

As requested by Committee, the Commission will provide information, to the extent possible, for the most recent five-year period regarding:

The ITC will submit its report to the Committee by October 21, 2002.

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on May 21, 2002. Requests to appear at the hearing (one original and 14 copies) should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on May 7, 2002, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. To allow sufficient time for full consideration, the Commission encourages all persons who appear at the public hearing to submit any prepared statements and accompanying material to the Secretary by 5:15 p.m. on May 9, 2002. For further information, call 202-205-1816.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on May 30, 2002.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated January 11, 2002, which can be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

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.

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