April 13, 2001
News Release 01-049
Inv. No. 332-429


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched a general factfinding investigation to assess the conditions of competition between the U.S. and Canadian wheat industries in the United States and in third-country markets.

The investigation, Wheat Trading Practices: Competitive Conditions Between U.S. and Canadian Wheat (Inv. No. 332-429), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received April 2, 2001.

In the request letter, the U.S. Trade Representative noted that in October 2000, the USTR initiated an investigation under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 concerning the acts, policies, and practices of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the Government of Canada. In the original section 301 petition and comments provided to USTR in response to a November 16, 2000, Federal Register notice, representatives of the U.S. wheat industry allege a number of potentially trade distorting practices, including CWB standing offers to undersell U.S. wheat irrespective of market conditions in Canada, the United States, and third-country markets, and a CWB practice of regularly supplying wheat with protein levels that are higher than levels specified in the sales contract.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will provide:

The ITC will submit its report, which will be confidential, to the USTR by September 24, 2001.

A public hearing in connection with the investigation will be held at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on June 6, 2001. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed with the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, no later than 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2001.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions (one original and 14 copies) for the record in this investigation. Written statements should be submitted at the earliest possible date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2001. The Commission's rules do not authorize filing submissions with the Secretary by facsimile or electronic means, and all written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection. All submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436.

Further information on the scope of this investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated April 13, 2001, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000.

ITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade, and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Committee on Finance or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the ITC submits its findings and analyses to the requestor. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified, like this one, by the requestor for national security reasons.

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