USITC Issue Follow-Up Report on Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints

October 16, 2017
News Release 17-151
Inv. No. 332-325
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Issue Follow-Up Report on Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today issued an update of its report The Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints.

The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, completed the report for the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The report is the ninth update in a series of reports to the USTR.

The report estimates changes in U.S. welfare, output, employment, and trade that would result from the unilateral elimination of significant import restraints, including U.S. tariffs and tariff-rate quotas on certain agricultural products, textiles and apparel, and other manufactured products. The Commission estimates that liberalization of all significant import restraints quantified in this update would increase annual U.S. welfare by $3.2 billion by 2020.  For the first time in this series of reports, this update examines the effects of import restraints on households with different incomes.

The effect of tariffs and of customs and border procedures on global supply chains is the subject of a special topic chapter in the report.

The Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints: Ninth Update (Inv. No. 332-325, USITC Publication 4726, September 2017) is available on the USITC web site at https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4726.pdf

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