December 21, 2007
News Release 07-129
Inv. No. 332-485
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

U.S. CANNED FRUIT INDUSTRIES LOSE COMPETITIVENESS, SAYS ITC

The competitiveness of the U.S. canned deciduous fruit industry has declined in recent years as its share of the domestic market has fallen, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Canned Peaches, Pears, and Mixed Fruit: Conditions of Competition Between U.S. and Principal Foreign Supplier Industries.

The industry's share of the U.S. market for canned peaches fell from 88 percent to 82 percent from 2002 to 2006 (the period covered by the report), its share of the U.S. market for canned pears fell from 94 percent to 84 percent, and its share of the U.S. market for canned mixed fruit mixtures fell from 98 percent to 93 percent, according to the ITC report.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, examined the conditions of competition in the U.S. market affecting the industries in the United States, the European Union (focusing on Greece and Spain), China, and Thailand at the request of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Ways and Means.

As requested, the ITC provided information on the industries in major supplier countries, global trade patterns, trade practices and government programs and measures, and the strengths and weaknesses of the major global suppliers. Highlights of the report follow:

Canned Peaches, Pears, and Fruit Mixtures: Conditions of Competition Between U.S. and Principal Foreign Supplier Industries (Investigation No. 332-485, USITC Publication 3972, December 2007) will be available on the ITC's Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub3972.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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