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USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Sugar Imports, Agricultural Exports

Thursday, July 07, 2016
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The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting comments through Sept. 6 on the following information collections.

Sugar. USDA regulations generally prohibit sugar and sugar-containing products subject to tariff-rate quotas from being imported or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption at the in-quota duty rates unless accompanied by a valid certificate of quota eligibility. CQEs are distributed to foreign countries in such amounts and at such times as the FAS determines are appropriate to enable the foreign country to fill its quota allocation for the quota period in a reasonable manner, taking into account harvesting periods, U.S. import requirements and other relevant factors. The information collected on the CQE is used to monitor and control imports of products subject to sugar TRQs.

Agricultural Export Sales. U.S. exporters are required to report by 3:00 p.m. ET the next business day all large sales of wheat (by class), barley, corn, grain sorghum, oats, soybeans, soybean cake and meal, and soybean oil. Large sales for all reportable commodities except soybean oil are defined as 100,000 metric tons or more of one commodity in one day to a single destination or 200,000 tons or more of one commodity during the weekly reporting period. Large sales for soybean oil are 20,000 tons and 40,000 tons, respectively.

Weekly reports are also required, regardless of the size of the sales transaction, for all of the above commodities as well as wheat products, rye, flaxseed, linseed oil, sunflower seed oil, cotton (by staple length), cottonseed, cottonseed cake and meal, cottonseed oil, rice (by class), cattle hides and skins (cattle, calf and kip), beef and pork.

Exporters provide information on the quantity of their sales transactions, the type and class of commodity, the marketing year of shipment, and the destination. They also report any changes in previously reported information, such as cancellations and changes in destinations.

Knowing failure to submit these reports may result in a fine of up to $25,000, up to one year in prison or both.

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