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Agricultural Import Information Collections Under Review

Friday, December 02, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture is requesting comments no later than Jan. 3, 2012, on the following information collections.

• Importation of Tomatoes from Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco – Pink tomatoes from the provinces of El Jadida and Safi in Morocco and the province of Dahkla in Western Sahara may be imported into the U.S. subject to a systems approach that requires pest-free growing structures, growth in specified regions, shipping date restrictions, packinghouse safeguards and the export of only pink tomatoes.

• Importation of Eggplant from Israel – Commercial shipments of fresh eggplant may be imported from Israel into the continental U.S. As a condition of entry the eggplant must be grown under a systems approach that includes requirements for pest exclusion at the production site, fruit fly trapping inside and outside the production site, and pest-excluding packinghouse procedures.

• Sugar Imported for Exports as Refined Sugar or as a Sugar-Containing Product, or Used in Production of Certain Polyhydric Alcohols – USDA may issue import licenses to enter raw cane sugar exempt from the tariff-rate quota for raw cane sugar imports and related requirements on the condition that an equivalent quantity of refined sugar is exported as refined sugar, exported as an ingredient in sugar-containing products or used in the production of certain polyhydric alcohols. The purpose of the sugar import-licensing program is to assist U.S. sugar manufacturers, refiners and processors in making U.S. products price competitive on the world market and to facilitate the use of domestic refining capacity. USDA collects information to verify that the world-priced sugar is actually exported and not diverted into the domestic market.

• Specialty Sugar Certificate Application – USDA issues certificates to importers allowing them to enter specialty sugars under the tariff-rate quota for refined sugar. The collected information will be used to determine whether applicants for the program meet the regulation’s eligibility criteria, ensure that sugar to be imported is specialty sugar and meets the requirements of the regulation, audit participants’ compliance with the regulation, and prevent the entry of world-priced program sugar from entering the domestic commercial market instead of the domestic specialty sugar market.

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