October 11, 2005
News Release 05-121
Inv. No. NAFTA-103-012
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC ISSUES STUDY ON PROBABLE EFFECT OF CERTAIN MODIFICATIONS TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT RULES OF ORIGIN

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today released the results of its investigation on the Probable Effect of Certain Modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin.

This investigation was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and is required by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Implementation Act. The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, reviewed and analyzed the probable effect of the proposed modifications on U.S. trade under the NAFTA and on domestic production. The ITC submitted its report to USTR on September 26, 2005.

The proposed NAFTA rules of origin modifications covered in this investigation are for cocoa and cocoa preparations; cranberry juice; ores, slag, and ash; leather; cork and articles of cork; prepared feathers and down and articles made of feather or down, artificial flowers, and articles of human hair; glass and glassware; copper; nickel and articles thereof; lead; zinc and articles thereof; tin; other base metals; televisions; information technology agreement goods; and controls.

Probable Effect of Certain Modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin (Inv. No. NAFTA-103-012, USITC Publication No. 3802, September 2005) will be posted in the Publications section of the ITC Internet site at www.usitc.gov. Printed copies 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 also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.

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