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Dairy TRQ Information Collections Under Review

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting comments through Nov. 12 on the proposed extension of an information collection in support of the dairy tariff-rate import quota licensing program.

Imports of nearly all cheeses made from cow’s milk (except soft-ripened cheese such as Brie) and certain non-cheese dairy products (including butter and dried milk) are subject to TRQs. Licenses are issued each quota year to eligible applicants and are valid for 12 months. Only licensees may enter specified quantities of the subject dairy articles at the applicable in-quota tariff rates. Importers who do not hold licenses may enter dairy articles only at the over-quota tariff rates.

Each quota year, all applicants must submit form FAS 923 to (1) certify that they are an importer, manufacturer or exporter of certain dairy products, (2) certify that they meet the eligibility requirements, and (3) submit required documentation as proof of eligibility for import licenses. Applicants for non-historical licenses must also submit form FAS 923-A (cheese) and/or FAS 923-B (non-cheese dairy products), which requires applicants to request licenses in descending order of preference for specific products and countries listed on the form.

After licenses are issued, licensees must surrender by Oct. 1 on form FAS 924-A any license amount that they do not intend to enter that year. These amounts are reallocated, to the extent practicable, to existing licensees for the remainder of that year based on requests submitted on form FAS 924-B. These forms require the licensee to complete a table listing the surrendered amount by license number or listing the additional amounts requested by dairy article and supplying country in descending order of preference.

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