February 9, 2009
News Release 09-011
Inv. No. 332-504
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS TO INDIA WILL BE FOCUS OF NEW ITC STUDY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an investigation into the effects of tariff and nontariff measures on U.S. agricultural exports to India.

The investigation, India: Effects of Tariff and Nontariff Measures on U.S. Agricultural Exports, was requested by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

In its letter requesting the investigation, received on January 13, 2009, the Committee stated: "U.S. agriculture depends on reliable access to global markets. Strong economic growth in developing countries like India presents opportunities for U.S. agricultural exports.... While U.S. exporters can provide individual examples of trade measures that prevent their sales to India, the extent to which trade and investment measures account for the disproportionately low U.S. share of India's agricultural imports remains largely undocumented."

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide an overview of the Indian agricultural market; a description of the principal measures affecting Indian agricultural imports; information on Indian government regulations, including state regulations, covering agricultural markets and foreign direct investment affecting U.S. agricultural products in India; an evaluation of the impact of India's food marketing and distribution system; and a quantitative analysis of the economic effects of Indian tariffs, and to the extent possible, nontariff measures on U.S. agricultural exports to India.

The ITC will submit its report to the Committee by November 12, 2009.

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation at 9:30 a.m. on April 21, 2009. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on March 24, 2009, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-2000.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date, but no later than 5:15 p.m. on June 26, 2009. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated February 9, 2009, which can 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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