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USTR Sets 2015 Duty-Free Import Volumes for Sugar Products from FTA Partners

Friday, December 19, 2014
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, Morocco, Panama and Peru may not enter the U.S. duty-free or at preferential tariff rates in 2015. 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 2013.

However, USTR has determined that Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua did have trade surpluses in sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products in 2013. As a result, the following aggregate quantities of such goods may be entered duty-free under HTSUS 9822.05.20 in 2015.

- Colombia: 52,250 metric tons

- Costa Rica: 12,980 metric tons

- Dominican Republic: 11,800 metric tons

- El Salvador: 32,240 metric tons

- Guatemala: 43,680 metric tons

- Honduras: 9,440 metric tons

- Nicaragua: 25,960 metric tons

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