May 16, 2005
News Release 05-054
Inv. No. 332-463
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


U.S.-based logistic service providers, who plan, manage, and execute the transport of goods within global supply chains, encounter a number of impediments in foreign markets, some of which may be removed through trade agreements, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in its report Logistic Services: An Overview of the Global Market and Potential Effects of Removing Trade Impediments.

The ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, released the report today. The agency conducted the investigation at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As requested, the ITC provided an overview of the global logistic service industry, including major industry players, factors driving growth, and industry operations; examined trade and investment in selected logistic service markets, including impediments to the provision of international logistic services; and discussed and analyzed the potential effects of removing impediments to logistic services on trade. Highlights of the report follow:

Logistic Services: An Overview of the Global Market and Potential Effects of Removing Trade Impediments (Investigation No. 332-463, USITC Publication 3770, May 2005) is available in the publications section of the ITC's Internet site at A CD-ROM version or printed copy may be requested by calling 202-205-1809 or by writing to 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.

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 requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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