December 19, 2013
News Release 13-128
Inv. No. NAFTA-103-027
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS TO THE NAFTA RULES OF ORIGIN WOULD HAVE LITTLE EFFECT ON U.S. PRODUCTION BUT COULD SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT TRADE IN CERTAIN PRODUCTS, SAYS USITC

Proposed modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules of origin are likely to have a negligible effect on U.S. industry, but they could result in a significant increase in U.S. trade for products covered by some of the proposed modifications, reports the U.S. International Trade Commissoin (USITC) in its publication Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, produced the report at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested, the report provides advice on the probable economic effect of 212 proposed modifications to the NAFTA rules of origin on U.S. imports and exports under NAFTA, total U.S. imports and exports, and domestic industries producing the affected articles. Highlights of the report follow.

Probable Economic Effect of Certain Modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement Rules of Origin (Inv. No. NAFTA-103-027, USITC publication 4438, November 2013) is available on the USITC's Internet site at http://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4438.pdf.

The report may be requested by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, 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.

USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the USTR, the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the Senate Committee on Finance. 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 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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