November 18, 2008
News Release 08-111
Inv. No. Chile FTA-103-019
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

ITC RELEASES REPORT ON POSSIBLE MODIFICATIONS TO THE U.S.-CHILE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT RULES OF ORIGIN

Proposed Changes Would Have Little or No Economic Effect on U.S.

Changes to the rules of origin for 24 product groups under the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (UCFTA) would have little or no economic effect on U.S. production and trade, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said today.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, made the finding in its report Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin, which was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The ITC released the report today.

As requested by the USTR, the ITC provided advice on the probable economic effect of the proposed UCFTA rules of origin modifications on U.S. trade and on domestic producers of the affected articles.

The investigation covers a wide variety of articles, including certain herbs and spices; coffee; cocoa and cocoa preparations; miscellaneous edible preparations; products of the chemical or allied industries; rubber and related articles; natural or cultured pearls; nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery, mechanical appliances, and related parts; electrical equipment (sound and television recorders) and related parts; and optical, medical, measuring, or checking instruments and apparatus. Details on the articles covered by the investigation can be found at http://www.usitc.gov/ind_econ_ana/research_ana/chilefta.htm.

Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the United-States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin (Inv. No. Chile FTA-103-019, USITC Publication No. 4042, October 2008) will be posted on the ITC Internet site at /publications/docs/pubs/103/pub4042.pdf. Copies may be requested by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or 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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