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FY 2015 Sugar Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations Announced

Friday, September 05, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has issued notice of the country-specific in-quota allocations under the fiscal year 2015 tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar, refined sugar, specialty sugar and sugar-containing products.

Raw Cane Sugar. The in-quota quantity of the TRQ for raw cane sugar will be 1,117,195 metric tons raw value, the minimum amount to which the U.S. is committed under the World Trade Organization Uruguay Round agreements and the same as in FY 2014, which is being allocated as follows (in MTRV).

Argentina 45,281

Australia 87,402

Barbados 7,371

Belize 11,584

Bolivia 8,424

Brazil 152,691

Colombia 25,273

Congo 7,258

Costa Rica 15,796

Cote d’Ivoire 7,258

Dominican Republic 185,335

Ecuador 11,584

El Salvador 27,379

Fiji 9,477

Gabon 7,258

Guatemala 50,546

Guyana  12,636

Haiti 7,258

Honduras 10,530

India 8,424

Jamaica 11,584

Madagascar 7,258

Malawi 10,530

Mauritius 12,636

Mexico 7,258

Mozambique 13,690

Nicaragua 22,114

Panama 30,538

Papua New Guinea 7, 258

Paraguay 7,258

Peru 43,175

Philippines 142,160

South Africa 24,220

St. Kitts & Nevis 7,258

Swaziland 16,849

Taiwan 12,636

Thailand 14,743

Trinidad & Tobago 7,371

Uruguay 7,258

Zimbabwe 12,636

These allocations are based on the countries’ historical shipments to the U.S. Allocations to countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin. Certificates of quota eligibility must accompany imports from any country to which an allocation is provided.

Refined Sugar. The FY 2015 refined sugar TRQ is 127,000 MTRV. USTR is allocating a total of 10,300 MTRV to Canada and 2,954 MTRV to Mexico, with 7,090 MTRV to be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Specialty Sugar. Imports of all specialty sugar will be administered on a first come, first served basis in five tranches. The total in-quota quantity of specialty sugar will be the 1,656 MTRV included in the WTO minimum plus an additional 105,000 MTRV. The first tranche of 1,656 MTRV will open Oct. 10, and all types of specialty sugars will be eligible for entry under this tranche. The second tranche of 38,850 MTRV will open Oct. 24. The third, fourth and fifth tranches of 22,050 MTRV each will open Jan. 9, April 10 and July 10, 2015, respectively, and will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the U.S. or reasonably available from domestic sources.

Sugar-Containing Products. With respect to the 64,709 metric ton TRQ for certain sugar-containing products, USTR is allocating 59,250 metric tons to Canada and the remainder is available for other countries on a first come, first served basis.

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