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Duty-Free Sugar Product Imports from FTA Partners

Monday, December 26, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products from Chile, the Dominican Republic, Morocco and Peru may not enter the U.S. duty-free or at preferential tariff rates in 2012. Under the free trade agreements the U.S. has in place with these countries, USTR is allowed to take this action because they did not have trade surpluses in these products in 2011.

However, USTR has determined that Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua did have trade surpluses in sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products in 2011. As a result, the following aggregate quantities of such goods may be entered duty-free under HTSUS 9822.05.20 in 2012.

• Costa Rica – 12,320 metric tons
• El Salvador – 29,680 metric tons
• Guatemala – 39,220 metric tons
• Honduras – 8,960 metric tons
• Nicaragua – 24,640 metric tons

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