Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products from Chile, the Dominican Republic, Morocco, and Peru may not enter the U.S. duty-free or at preferential tariff rates in 2019. Under the free trade agreements the U.S. has in place with these countries, USTR is allowed to take this action because they did not have trade surpluses in these products in 2017.

However, USTR has determined that Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama did have trade surpluses in sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products in 2017. As a result, the following aggregate quantities of such goods may be entered duty-free in 2019.

- Colombia: 55,250 metric tons

- Costa Rica: 13,860 metric tons

- El Salvador: 35,360 metric tons

- Guatemala: 48,880 metric tons

- Honduras: 10,080 metric tons

- Nicaragua: 27,720 metric tons

- Panama: 540 metric tons

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