Background

The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has established the amount of raw cane sugar that may be imported under the lower tier of duties provided by the tariff-rate quotas for this product during fiscal year 2024 (Oct. 1, 2023, through Sept. 30, 2024). Specifically, aggregate quantities of up to 1,117,195 metric tons raw value of raw cane sugar (unchanged from FY 2023) may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption under this TRQ during this period.

USDA has also established the amount of certain sugars, syrups, and molasses (refined sugar) that may be imported under the lower tier of duties provided by the tariff-rate quota for these products during FY 2024. Specifically, aggregate quantities of up to 232,000 MTRV (up from 222,000 MTRV in FY 2022) may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption under this TRQ during this period.

Of this refined sugar TRQ quantity, 211,656 MTRV (up from 201,656 MTRV) is reserved for the importation of specialty sugars, and this TRQ will be opened in five tranches. The first, totaling 1,656 MTRV, will open Oct. 2, and all specialty sugars will be eligible for entry. The additional tranches will open Oct. 9 (60,000 MTRV), Jan. 19 (60,000 MTRV), April 15 (45,000 MTRV), and July 15 (45,000 MTRV) and will each be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the U.S. or reasonably available from domestic sources.

Separately, effective July 10 FAS has increased by 125,000 MTRV the amount of raw cane sugar eligible to enter the U.S. at the lower duty rate under the FY 2023 TRQ. With this increase, the overall FY 2023 raw cane sugar TRQ is now 1,242,195 MTRV. Raw cane sugar under this quota must be accompanied by a certificate for quota eligibility.

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