Background

The Department of Agriculture has 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 fiscal year 2023 (Oct. 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2023). Specifically, aggregate quantities of up to 222,000 MTRV (unchanged from FY 2022) may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption under this TRQ during this period.

Of this quantity, 201,656 MTRV (also unchanged) 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. 3, and all specialty sugars will be eligible for entry. The additional tranches will open Oct. 10 (60,000 MTRV), Jan. 20 (60,000 MTRV), April 14 (40,000 MTRV), and July 14 (40,000 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.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has allocated the in-quota quantity of the FY 2023 refined sugar TRQ as follows (in MTRV): 10,300 to Canada, 2,954 to Mexico, and 7,090 on a first-come, first-served basis.

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