December 22, 2000
News Release 00-158


The U.S. trade deficit in distilled spirits expanded by nearly 60 percent during 1995-99, fueled by increased imports from the European Union (EU), says U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its report, Industry and Trade Summary: Distilled Spirits.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding 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 from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Distilled Spirits (USITC Publication 3373, December 2000).

ITC Industry and Trade Summary reports include information on product uses, U.S. and foreign producers, and customs treatment of the products 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.

This report will be available on the ITC Internet web site at A printed copy may be ordered without charge 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 be faxed to (202) 205-2104.

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