IMPORT BRIEFS

IMPORT BRIEFS

JAPAN EXPECTS 6 PERCENT RISE

IN ELECTRONICS EXPORTSThe Electronic Industries Association of Japan expects Japanese exports of electronics products and components to rise around 6 percent in fiscal 1990 from 1989, said Akio Tanii, EIAJ president.

Mr. Tanii, president of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., made his comments after an annual general assembly meeting of the 482-member EIAJ.

Japan exported electronic products and components worth 10.29 trillion yen ($68.17 billion) in fiscal 1989, up 10.2 percent from the previous year.

Japan imported electronic products and components in fiscal 1989 worth 1.85 trillion yen, up 37.5 percent from a year earlier.

USDA MAY LIFT CURBS

ON OSTRICH IMPORTS

WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department is proposing resumption of imports of ostriches and other flightless birds banned for the last nine months after exotic ticks were found on some of the creatures.

The African Bont ticks and Bont-legged ticks were found on ostriches imported from Tanzania on Aug. 2. The ban went into effect on Aug. 15.

The ticks carry heartwater and East Coast fever, diseases that are not found in the United States and that do not affect humans but that can become established among livestock and wildlife.

The ostriches had been released from their 30-day quarantine at a USDA- approved facility in Mundelein, Ill., without discovery of the problem. The birds then were moved to farms in Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and Illinois. Officials said there was no sign that the ticks had become established there.

Other birds covered by the plan include cassowaries, emus, kiwis and rheas.

HONDA TO EXPAND

R&D OPERATIONS

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Honda R&D North America announced Wednesday a $27 million expansion of its research and development operations in Ohio.

The company said construction of the 81,000-square-foot plant next to the Transportation Research Center and near the company's Marysville operations will begin in August and will be completed next year.

Ohio will make grants available to Honda to train new employees at the center, Gov. Richard Celeste said.

The company said the new facilities will increase Honda's ability to assist U.S. suppliers in developing parts for Honda products made in the United States and Canada.

IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED

FOR US-CANADA BRIDGE

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - A multimillion-dollar expansion of toll and Customs facilities at the Rainbow Bridge will accommodate a 30 percent increase in traffic on the bridge between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Niagara Falls, Ontario, officials said Tuesday.

The project is expected to include new tollbooths and customs booths on both ends of the bridge, which crosses the Niagara River within sight of the American and Horseshoe falls, Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-N.Y., announced.