September 7, 2007
News Release 07-089
Inv. No. 332-490 and NAFTA-103-017
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC RELEASES REPORT ON PROBABLE ECONOMIC EFFECT OF ELIMINATING U.S. TARIFFS UNDER THE NAFTA ON CERTAIN MEXICAN SUGAR GOODS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has released a public version of its confidential report on the probable economic effect of eliminating the U.S. tariff under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on between 175,000 to 250,000 metric tons of certain sugar goods of Mexico.

The investigation, Certain Sugar Goods: Probable Economic Effect of Tariff Elimination Under NAFTA for Goods of Mexico, was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative.

As requested, the ITC provided advice as to the probable economic effect on domestic industries producing like or directly competitive articles, workers in these industries, and on consumers of the affected goods, of eliminating the U.S. tariff under the NAFTA on between 175,000 and 250,000 metric tons, raw value, of sugar goods of Mexico falling under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule subheadings: (1) 1701.11.50 (raw cane sugar); (2) 1701.12.50 (raw beet sugar); (3) 1701.91.30 (refined sugar, containing added coloring); (4) 1701.99.50 (other refined sugar); (5) 1702.90.20 (other sugar and syrups, containing 6 percent or less soluble non-sugar solids); and (6) 2106.90.46 (sugar syrups, containing added coloring). The ITC submitted a confidential version of the report to the USTR on June 15, 2007.

Certain Sugar Goods: Probable Economic Effect of Tariff Elimination Under NAFTA for Goods of Mexico (Investigation No. 332-490 and NAFTA-103-17, USITC publication 3928, August 2007) will be available on the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub3928.pdf. A CD-ROM of the report 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 faxed to 202-205-2104.

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

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