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Sugar Tariff-Rate Quotas for FY 2014 Announced

Friday, September 13, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

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 2014. Specifically, aggregate quantities of up to 1,117,195 metric tons raw value of raw cane sugar (unchanged from FY 2013) and 122,000 MTRV of sugars, syrups and molasses (up from 117,254 MTRV) may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during this period.

Of the latter quantity, 101,565 MTRV (up from 96,910 ) is reserved for the importation of specialty sugars. The FY 2014 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 37,000 MTRV. The remaining tranches will each be equal to 21,000 MTRV, with the third opening on Jan. 9, 2014, the fourth on April 10, 2014, and the fifth on July 10, 2014. 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.

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