Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced that in 2021 the United Kingdom will continue to be eligible to export under U.S. tariff-rate quotas allocated to the member countries of the European Union.

The U.S. maintains TRQs for imports from specific countries or customs areas, including the EU, designated in the HTSUS as the EU27 and including the UK. USTR has been authorized to allocate the in-quota quantity of TRQs for any agricultural products among supplying countries or customs areas and to modify any allocation as it may deem appropriate.

In October 2019 the UK and the EU agreed to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and established a transition period that expired Dec. 31, 2020. Nevertheless, USTR has determined that the UK will continue to be eligible to export under U.S. TRQs allocated to the EU under Additional U.S. Notes 6, 16-23, and 25 to Chapter 4 and Note 5 to Chapter 24 of the HTSUS. Additional information about certain dairy TRQs is available from the Department of Agriculture, which has established that for the 2021 quota year the UK government may designate importers for licenses for the quantities of cheese that have historically been supplied by UK exporters under designated licenses for cheese and curd (Note 16), blue mold (Note 17), and cheddar (Note 18).

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