August 30, 2006
News Release 06-082
Inv. No. NAFTA-103-014
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 August 14, 2006.

The proposed NAFTA rules of origin modifications covered a variety of articles including fish and crustaceans; herbs and spices; fish oils; food preparations; oil and petroleum products; leather; aluminum; diesel engines; turbines; valves; electric motors, transformers, and generators; batteries; apparatus for radio telephony; turntables and cassette players; alarms; rail locomotives and parts; medical appliances and parts; lighters; time switches; as well as others.

Probable Effect of Certain Modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin (Inv. No. NAFTA-103-014, USITC Publication No. 3881, August 2006) will be posted in the Publications section of the ITC Internet site at www.usitc.gov. Printed copies may be requested by calling 202-205-2000 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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