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NEWS RELEASE 03-023; March 6, 2003 March 6, 2003
News Release 03-023

U.S. LAMB MEAT PRODUCTION DOWN, IMPORTS UP

U.S. imports of lamb meat rose steadily from 1997 through 2001, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Industry and Trade Summary: Live Sheep and Meat of Sheep.

During 1997-2001, the period covered by the report, annual U.S. imports of lamb meat rose from 60 million pounds, valued at $123 million, to 108 million pounds, valued at $206 million.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding 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. The report addresses the market, industry, and trade conditions for live sheep and meat of sheep from 1997 through 2001. Following are the highlights of the report:

Industry and Trade Summary: Live Sheep and Meat of Sheep (USITC Publication 3579, February 2003) will be available in the Publications section of the ITC Internet web site at www.usitc.gov. A printed copy may be ordered 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 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 the factors bearing on the competitiveness of the U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

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