Sugar Tariff-Rate Quotas for FY 2017 Announced, TRQs for FY 2016 Adjusted
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 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017). Specifically, aggregate quantities of up to 1,117,195 metric tons raw value of raw cane sugar (unchanged from FY 2016) and 162,000 MTRV of sugars, syrups and molasses (up from 132,000 MTRV) may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during this period.
Of the latter quantity, 141,656 MTRV (up from 111,656) is reserved for the importation of specialty sugars. The FY 2017 specialty sugar TRQ will be opened in five tranches. The first, totaling 1,656 MTRV, will open Oct. 3, and all specialty sugars will be eligible for entry. The second tranche will open Oct. 26 and be equal to 40,000 MTRV, the third tranche will open Jan. 6, 2017 and be equal to 38,344 MTRV, and the fourth and fifth tranches will each be 30,000 MTRV and open April 7 and July 7, 2017, respectively. 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.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will allocate these TRQs among supplying countries and areas.
USDA is also increasing the overall FY 2016 refined sugar TRQ by 20,000 MTRV to 152,000 MTRV. The increased amount is reserved for specialty sugar, entry of which will be permitted beginning May 6.