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USTR Sets 2014 Duty-Free Import Volumes for Sugar Products from FTA Partners

Thursday, December 05, 2013
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, the Dominican Republic, Morocco, Panama and Peru may not enter the U.S. duty-free or at preferential tariff rates in 2014. 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 2013.

However, USTR has determined that Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua did have trade surpluses in sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products in 2013. As a result, the following aggregate quantities of such goods may be entered duty-free under HTSUS 9822.05.20 in 2014.

- Colombia: 51,500 metric tons
- Costa Rica: 12,760 metric tons
- El Salvador: 31,620 metric tons
- Guatemala: 42,840 metric tons
- Honduras: 9,280 metric tons
- Nicaragua: 25,520 metric tons

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