USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Sugar
The Department of Agriculture is accepting through July 30 comments on information collections associated with imports of the following.
Sugar Imported for Export – USDA issues import licenses to enter raw cane sugar exempt from the tariff-rate quota and related requirements on the condition that an equivalent quantity of refined sugar be exported as refined sugar, exported as an ingredient in sugar-containing products, or used in the production of certain polyhydric alcohols. USDA collects information to verify that the world-priced sugar is actually exported and not diverted onto the domestic market in circumvention of the TRQ.
Specialty Sugars – USDA issues certificates allowing importers to enter specialty sugars under the TRQ for refined sugar. The information collected is used to determine whether applicants for the program meet the eligibility criteria, ensure that sugar to be imported is specialty sugar and meets the requirements of the regulation, audit participants’ compliance, and prevent world-priced program sugar from entering the domestic commercial market instead of the domestic specialty sugar market.