March 1, 2001
News Release 01-028


The United States experienced a declining trade surplus in cotton from 1995 to 1999, fueled by decreasing exports to East Asian markets, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its publication Industry and Trade Summary: Cotton.

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 from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Cotton (USITC Publication 3391, January 2001).

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 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 be faxed to 202-205-2104.

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