March 25, 1999
News Release 99-036


U.S. producers of nickel, lead, zinc, and magnesium have managed their presence in a competitive world market with innovative production measures and new end products, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Industry and Trade Summary: Certain Nonferrous Metals.

The report examines how changing production factors and diverse market requirements have influenced shifts from U.S. primary production of these minerals to alternative sourcing measures and encouraged these U.S. industries to advance into new high-tech end products.

The ITC, an independent nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, recently released the report as part of an ongoing series of reports on thousands of products imported into and exported from the United States. Following are highlights from the report.

The foregoing information is extracted from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Certain Nonferrous Metals (USITC Publication 3161, March 1999).

ITC Industry and Trade Summary reports include information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, and customs treatment of the product being studied; they analyze the basic factors affecting trends in consumption, production, and trade of the commodities, as well as factors bearing on the competitiveness of the U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

The report will be available on the ITC's Internet server at A printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 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.

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