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Vessel Entrance Statement, Certificates of Quota Eligibility for Sugar Imports Under Review

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is inviting comments through Dec. 30 on the proposed extension of CBP form 1300, Vessel Entrance or Clearance Statement. This form is used to collect essential commercial vessel data at time of formal entrance and clearance in U.S. ports. The form allows the master to attest to the truthfulness of all CBP forms associated with the manifest package and collects information about the vessel, cargo, purpose of entrance, certificate numbers, and expiration for various certificates. It also serves as a record of fees and tonnage tax payments in order to prevent overpayments.

The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting comments through Nov. 29 on the proposed extension of form FAS-961 concerning the certificates of quota eligibility used in conjunction with the tariff-rate quota on imports of raw cane sugar. This TRQ is allocated among supplying countries, and CQEs are issued to the 40 countries that receive TRQ allocations. The CQE is completed by the authority in the foreign country that certifies that the sugar being exported to the U.S. was produced in the foreign country that has the TRQ allocation. The following information must be included: country of origin or area of the eligible raw cane sugar, quota period, quantity of raw cane sugar to be exported, details of the shipment (shipper, vessel, port of loading), and additional details if available at the time of shipment (consignee, address of consignee, expected date of departure, expected date of arrival in the U.S., expected port of arrival).

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