The ITC has, at the request of the House Ways and Means Committee, instituted a “Section 332” investigation regarding the conditions of competition in the olive oil industry between U.S. producers and foreign exporters. Section 332 investigations are general fact-finding investigations that can cover a wide range of trade-related topics. In particular, the ITC will investigate (1) production, processing, inventory and consumption data, (2) international trade data, (3) the role of imports, standards and grading, prices, and other factors on olive oil consumption in the U.S. market, and (4) the competitive strengths and weaknesses of U.S. and foreign olive oil industries. The ITC will conduct a public hearing in Washington, DC on December 5, 2012, and will provide its report to Congress by August 12, 2013. To appear at the hearing, parties must file a request by November 14.