FY 2016 Sugar Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations Announced
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has issued notice of the country-specific in-quota allocations under the fiscal year 2016 tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar, refined sugar, specialty sugar and sugar-containing products.
Raw Cane Sugar. The in-quota quantity of the TRQ for raw cane sugar will be 1,117,195 metric tons raw value, the minimum amount to which the U.S. is committed under the World Trade Organization Uruguay Round agreements and the same as in FY 2015, which is being allocated as follows (in MTRV).
Costa Rica 15,796
Cote d’Ivoire 7,258
Dominican Republic 185,335
El Salvador 27,379
Papua New Guinea 7,258
South Africa 24,220
St. Kitts & Nevis 7,258
Trinidad & Tobago 7,371
These allocations are based on the countries’ historical shipments to the U.S. Allocations to countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin. Certificates of quota eligibility must accompany imports from any country to which an allocation is provided.
Refined Sugar. The FY 2016 refined sugar TRQ is 132,000 MTRV. USTR is allocating a total of 10,300 MTRV to Canada and 2,954 MTRV to Mexico, with 7,090 MTRV to be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Specialty Sugar. Imports of all specialty sugar will be administered on a first come, first served basis in five tranches. The total in-quota quantity of specialty sugar will be the 1,656 MTRV included in the WTO minimum plus an additional 110,000 MTRV. The first tranche of 1,656 MTRV will open Oct. 9, and all types of specialty sugars will be eligible for entry under this tranche. The second tranche of 27,750 MTRV will open Oct. 23. The third, fourth and fifth tranches of 27,500 MTRV each will open Jan. 8, April 8 and July 8, 2016, respectively, and will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the U.S. or reasonably available from domestic sources.
Sugar-Containing Products. With respect to the 64,709 metric ton TRQ for certain sugar-containing products, USTR is allocating 59,250 metric tons to Canada and the remainder is available for other countries on a first come, first served basis.