September 12, 2007
News Release 07-092
Inv. No. 332-493
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC BEGINS INVESTIGATION CONCERNING POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS TO THE U.S. GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES, 2007 REVIEW OF ADDITIONS AND REMOVALS

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is seeking input for a newly initiated investigation concerning possible modifications to the Generalized System of Preferences.

The investigation, Advice Concerning Possible Modifications to the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, 2007 Review of Additions and Removals (Investigation No. 332-493), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on September 6, 2007.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide advice on the likely impact on competing U.S. industries of the addition of nine HTS subheadings to the list of articles eligible for the GSP and the removal of two HTS subheadings from duty-free status from certain beneficiary developing countries. The study will also provide advice on the effects on consumers.

The HTS subheadings being considered for additions are: 2613.10.00 (roasted molybdenum ores and concentrates), 2613.90.00 (other molybdenum ores and concentrates), 2917.12.10 (adipic acid), 3204.17.90 (certain pigment slurries for paints), 4412.39.5030 (certain plywood sheets), 7601.10.30 (certain unwrought aluminum, not alloyed), 7601.20.30 (certain unwrought aluminum, alloys), 7604.21.00 (certain aluminum bars, rods, and profiles), and 8111.00.4910 (manganese metal powder). The HTS subheadings being considered for removal are: 2931.00.90 from India (certain other organo-inorganic compounds) and 3920.62.00 from Brazil (polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film).

The ITC will submit its confidential report to USTR by December 19, 2007. As soon as possible thereafter, the ITC will issue a public version of the report containing only the unclassified sections, with any business confidential information and classified information deleted.

The ITC is seeking input for its new investigation from all interested parties and requests that the information focus on the articles for which the ITC is requested to provide information and advice. The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. October 16, 2007. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on September 25, 2007, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary to the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 24, 2007. Further information concerning this investigation is available in the ITC Federal Register notice dated September 12, 2007.

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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