August 19, 1999
News Release 99-114
Inv. No. 332-345


Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade in 1998, released today by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC), reviews U.S. trade performance in 1998, focusing on changes in U.S. imports, exports, and trade balances of key agricultural and manufactured products, as well as examining changes in U.S. bilateral/multilateral trade with major trade partners.

This year's report also includes profiles of the U.S. industry and market for about 300 industry and commodity groups, providing data for 1994-98 on domestic consumption, production, employment, trade, and import penetration.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, publishes Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade annually, along with a separate companion report, Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade. This year's report also reviews:

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade in 1998 (Inv. No. 332-345, USITC Publication 3220, August 1999) will be available for downloading from the ITC's Internet server at It will also be available at regional federal depository libraries in the United States. A printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to 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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