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USTR Sets 2016 Duty-Free Import Volumes for Sugar Products from FTA Partners

Monday, December 14, 2015
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 and Peru may not enter the U.S. duty-free or at preferential tariff rates in 2016. 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 2014.

However, USTR has determined that Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama did have trade surpluses in sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products in 2014. As a result, the following aggregate quantities of such goods may be entered duty-free in 2016.

- Colombia: 53,000 metric tons

- Costa Rica: 13,200 metric tons

- Dominican Republic: 12,000 metric tons

- El Salvador: 32,860 metric tons

- Guatemala: 44,520 metric tons

- Honduras: 9,600 metric tons

- Nicaragua: 26,400 metric tons

- Panama: 525 metric tons

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