July 12, 2007
News Release 07-072
Inv. No. 332-477
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) has launched the second of three annual reports exploring the competitive factors affecting industries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) that have experienced significant increases or decreases in exports in recent years.

The three annual reports comprise the investigation Sub-Saharan Africa: Factors Affecting Trade Patterns of Selected Industries, which was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The three annual reports will provide brief overviews of the trends in SSA exports in the agricultural, mining and manufacturing, and services sectors.

Each report will also provide profiles of SSA industries within those sectors that produce certain products that have shown significant export shifts in recent years. Each industry profile will include an analysis of the leading SSA exporters, their key markets, the leading competitors, and the factors that have contributed to recent increases or decreases in the exports of these industries.

As requested, the ITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will deliver the second annual report to the USTR by April 3, 2008. The ITC delivered the first annual report to the USTR on April 3, 2007.

The second annual report will cover industries that produce coffee; certain spices (including ginger); shea butter and downstream products thereof; tropical fruits (e.g. bananas, pineapples, and guavas) and processed products thereof; natural rubber and downstream products thereof; footwear; textiles; jewelry and downstream diamond processing (e.g. polishing and cutting); wood furniture; aviation services; and communication services.

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the second annual report on October 23, 2007. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on October 1, 2007, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-2000.

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 2, 2007. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated July 12, 2007, which can be obtained from the ITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or 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 Representatives, the Senate Committee on Finance, or the House Committee on Ways and Means. The resulting reports convey the Commissions' objective findings and independent analyses on the subject 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 investigations reports are subsequently released to the public, unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.

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