Sugar Tariff-Rate Quotas for FY 2015 Announced
The Department of Agriculture has established the amounts of raw cane sugar and certain sugars, syrups and molasses (collectively referred to as refined sugar) that may be imported under the lower tier of duties provided by the tariff-rate quotas for these products during fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015). Specifically, aggregate quantities of up to 1,117,195 metric tons raw value of raw cane sugar (unchanged from FY 2014) and 127,000 MTRV of sugars, syrups and molasses (up from 122,000 MTRV) may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during this period.
Of the latter quantity, 106,656 MTRV (up from 101,565) is reserved for the importation of specialty sugars. The FY 2015 specialty sugar TRQ will be opened in five tranches. The first, totaling 1,656 MTRV, will open Oct. 10, and all specialty sugars will be eligible for entry. The second tranche will open Oct. 24 and be equal to 38,850 MTRV. The remaining tranches will each be equal to 22,050, with the third opening on Jan. 9, 2015, the fourth on April 10, 2015, and the fifth on July 10, 2015. The second, third, fourth and fifth tranches will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the U.S. or reasonably available from domestic sources.
USDA states that raw cane sugar imported under this TRQ must be accompanied by a certificate of quota eligibility. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will allocate this TRQ among supplying countries and customs areas.