August 4, 2003
News Release 03-072
Inv. No. 332-456


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an investigation of competitive conditions faced by U.S.-based express delivery companies in foreign markets.

The investigation, Express Delivery Services: An Examination of Competitive Conditions in Foreign Markets (Inv. No. 332-456) was requested by the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will examine the composition of the global industry, major market participants, and factors driving change, including regulatory reform, in major markets; examine the extent to which competition among express delivery service suppliers in foreign markets may be affected by government-sanctioned monopolies competing in those markets; and identify, to the extent possible, additional trade impediments encountered by U.S.-based express delivery service suppliers in foreign markets.

For the purpose of this report, express delivery services will be defined as the expedited collection, transport and delivery of documents, printed matter, parcels and/or other goods, while tracking the location of, and maintaining control over, such items throughout the supply of the service; and services provided in connection therewith, such as customs facilitation and logistics services.

The ITC will submit its report to the Committee by April 1, 2004.

The ITC seeks input for this report from all interested parties. Information submitted should focus on market access conditions, including regulatory conditions, competition conditions, and market reform measures that may affect express delivery services. The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation on November 5, 2003. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 22, 2003, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-1816.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions (one original and 14 copies) should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than 5:15 p.m. on November 19, 2003.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated August 1, 2003, which can be downloaded from the ITC Internet server ( or may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1816.

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 by the requestor for national security reasons.

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