February 7, 2007
News Release 07-013
Inv. No. 332-485
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC TO INVESTIGATE COMPETITIVE CONDITIONS FACING U.S. CANNED FRUIT PRODUCERS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) has launched an investigation into the competitive conditions affecting U.S. growers and processors of canned peaches, canned pears, and canned fruit mixtures.

The investigation, Canned Peaches, Pears, and Fruit Mixtures: Conditions of Competition between U.S. and Principal Foreign Supplier Industries, was requested by the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, in a letter received on December 12, 2006.

In its request letter, the Committee noted that it and the affected U.S. canned fruit industries in the United States lack information about the canned fruit sectors of certain major supplier countries to the U.S. market, especially those that grow and process peaches and pears (including China, Greece, and Spain), at both the grower and processor levels.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will report on conditions of competition between the canned peach, canned pear, and canned fruit mixture industries in the United States and principal foreign supplier countries, such as China, Greece, Spain, and Thailand.

The Commission will provide separate overviews of the canned peach, canned pear, and canned fruit mixture industries in the United States and major supplier countries, including production for processing, planted acreage and new plantings, processing volumes, processing capacity, and consumption; information on U.S. and foreign supplier imports and exports of the products, as well as market segments in which U.S. imports are being sold (e.g., retail, food service sector, or other); a description of principal trade practices and government programs and measures affecting production of the products; and a comparison of the strengths and weaknesses of foreign supplier industries and the U.S. industries (including industry structure, input costs and availability, processing technology, product innovation, government programs, exchange rates, and pricing and marketing regimes), and steps the respective industries are taking to increase their competitiveness.

The ITC will submit its report to the Committee by December 12, 2007.

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on July 12, 2007. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed with the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, and must be received no later than 5:15 p.m. on June 28, 2007.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, at the above address and should be filed at the earliest practical date, but no later than 5:15 p.m. on July 26, 2007. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Further information on the scope of this investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated February 7, 2007, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000.

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 subject 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 requester. General factfinding investigations reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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