March 8, 2013
News Release 13-026
Inv. No. 332-528
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


Exports Made Up 7% of Total U.S. Used Electronic Product Sales

Because it is the world's largest market for new electronic products, the United States generates significant amounts of used electronic products, feeding a large used electronic product (UEP) market, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in its publication Used Electronic Products: An Examination of U.S. Exports.

The USITC estimates that in 2011, domestic sales of these products were valued at $19.2 billion and U.S. exports were valued at $1.45 billion, according to the report.

The USITC recently concluded the investigation for the U.S. Trade Representative. The report is based on data collected through a nationwide survey of 5,200 refurbishers, recyclers, brokers, information technology asset managers, and other handlers of used electronic products. It covers the year 2011 and focuses on audio and visual equipment, computers and peripheral equipment, digital imaging devices, telecommunication equipment, and component parts of these products.

The report provides an overview of the U.S. UEP industry, including information on domestic UEP collection, the share of goods that are refurbished compared to the share of goods that are recycled, and the characteristics of exported products. The report also provides information on the types of enterprises that export UEPs and those that import these products from the United States, and it examines the factors that affect trade in these products. Highlights of the report follow.

Used Electronic Products: An Examination of U.S. Exports (Investigation No. 332-528, USITC Publication 4379, February 2013), will be available on the USITC's Internet site at A CD-ROM of the report may be requested by emailing, calling 202-205-2000, or contacting the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed at 202-205-2104.

USITC 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 House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analysis 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 USITC 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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