ITC CALENDAR MEXICAN TRADE TO BE EXAMINED

ITC CALENDAR MEXICAN TRADE TO BE EXAMINED

Mexico's measures to open its markets to imports and foreign investment come under scrutiny once again next month by U.S. international trade commissioners.

Within the scope of this general investigation, the commissioners will review prospects for future U.S.-Mexican trade relations. The investigation, now in its second phase, is scheduled to be completed Oct. 18.In separate cases, the commissioners will issue final reports on their investigations of Mexican steel pails and fabricated automotive glass in the U.S. market.

Mexico took a giant step toward ending its longstanding economic isolation and protectionism when it joined the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in 1986. GATT, as the agreement is called, establishes rules for most of the world's trade.

But in its 1990 report on foreign trade barriers, the U.S. trade representative's office noted that Mexico still maintains barriers through import licenses, tariffs, government procurement laws and lack of intellectual property protection.

During the U.S.-Mexican presidential summit last October, both sides agreed to a mandate for "trade and investment facilitation talks."

These talks are not aimed at creating a preferential regional free trade arrangement similar to the one between the United States and Canada. Rather, they provide an umbrella for limited bilateral negotiations on specific trade and investment issues.

U.S.-Mexican trade relations are not only on the minds of the trade commissioners. The Bush administration drew sharp criticism from Mexico at the end of March when it announced that preliminary talks had begun on a wide- ranging agreement that could lower major trade barriers between the two countries and allow freer movement of labor.

According to Mexico's top labor leader, a U.S.-Mexican free trade agreement would flood Mexico with foreign goods and hurt Mexican workers.

The International Trade Commission's May agenda also includes a number of anti-dumping investigations involving other countries, a final report on

barriers to trade in telecommunications and information processing, and briefs on U.S. lamb imports and the impact of the Caribbean Basin Initiative on U.S. industries and consumers.

Hearings and deadline dates set by the ITC for pending investigations follow. In the event the deadline for completion of an investigation falls on a Saturday, Sunday or federal holiday, the deadline for completion of that investigation is the next business day.

May 1: Brief - General investigation. Annual Reports on the Impact of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act on U.S. Industries and Consumers: Inv. 332-227, Sec. 332, Tariff Act of 1930.

May 1: Brief - General investigation. U.S. Imports of Lamb Meat: Inv. 332-264, (Final Report) Sec. 332(g), Tariff Act of 1930.

May 3: Final Report - Anti-dumping case. Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering Instruments and Parts Thereof From Japan: Inv. 731-TA-455 (Preliminary), Title VII, Tariff Act of 1930.

May 4: Final Report - Anti-dumping case. Phototypesetting and Image-Setting Machines and Subassemblies Thereof From the Federal Republic of Germany: Inv. 731-TA-456 (Preliminary), Title VII, Tariff Act of 1930.

May 7: Final Report - Anti-dumping case. Certain Steel Pails From Mexico: Inv. 731-TA-435 (Final), Title VII, Tariff Act of 1930.

May 8: Hearing - General Investigation. Review of Mexico's Recent Trade and Investment Liberalization Measures and Prospects for Future U.S.-Mexican Trade Relations (Phase II): (Tucson, Ariz.) Inv. 332-282, Sec. 332 Tariff Act of 1930.

May 8: Final Report - Anti-dumping case. Limousines From Canada: Inv. 731-TA- 438 (Final), Title VII, Tariff Act of 1930.

May 18: Brief - General investigation. Conditions of Competition Between U.S. and Mexican Fabricated Automotive Glass in the U.S. Market: Inv. 332-286, Sec. 332(g), Tariff Act of 1930.

May 22: Brief - General investigation. Review of Mexico's Recent Trade and Investment Liberalization Measures and Prospects for Future U.S.-Mexican Trade Relations (Phase II): (Tucson, Ariz.) Inv. 332-282, Sec. 332 Tariff Act of 1930.

May 23: Prehearing conference - Anti-dumping case. Industrial Nitrocellulose

from Brazil, Japan, China, South Korea, United Kingdom and West Germany: Invs. 731-TA-439 through 444 (Final), Title VII, Tariff Act of 1930.

May 28: Final Report - General investigation - Service Sector Profiles and

Barriers to Trade in Services Supplemental Report on the Telecommunications and Information Processing Services Sector: Inv. 332-257, Sec. 332, Tariff Act of 1930.

May 29: Hearing - Anti-dumping case. Industrial Nitrocellulose From Brazil, Japan, China, South Korea, United Kingdom and West Germany: Invs. 731-TA-439 through 444 (Final), Title VII, Tariff Act of 1930.