Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products from Chile, Morocco, and Peru may not enter the U.S. duty-free or at preferential tariff rates in 2020. 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 2018.

However, USTR has determined that Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama did have trade surpluses in sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products in 2018. As a result, the following aggregate quantities of such goods may be entered duty-free in 2020.

- Colombia: 56,000 metric tons

- Costa Rica: 14,080 metric tons

- Dominican Republic: 4,520 metric tons

- El Salvador: 36,040 metric tons

- Guatemala: 49,820 metric tons

- Honduras: 10,240 metric tons

- Nicaragua: 28,160 metric tons

- Panama: 545 metric tons

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