February 3, 2004
News Release 04-012


The United States was the world's largest volume producer of furskins derived from animals harvested in the wild and the fourth largest producer of farm-raised mink during 1998-2002, reports the U.S. International Trade Commission in its publication Industry and Trade Summary: Furskins.

Mink is by far the most important fur bearer raised on farms, although other species such as fox and chinchilla are also raised commercially for their fur, according to the report. Major species harvested in the wild include raccoon, beaver, muskrat, red fox, and mink.

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 other highlights from the report:

The foregoing information is from the ITC report Industry and Trade Summary: Furskins (USITC Publication 3666, January 2004).

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 U.S. industry in domestic and foreign markets.

This report will be available in the Publications section of the ITC Internet site at www.usitc.gov. 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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