Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced the country-specific in-quota allocations under the fiscal year 2019 tariff-rate quotas for imported refined sugar, specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products.

Refined Sugar. The FY 2019 refined sugar TRQ is 192,000 MTRV. USTR is allocating a total of 10,300 MTRV to Canada and 2,954 MTRV to Mexico, with 7,090 MTRV to be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Specialty Sugar. Imports of all specialty sugar will be administered on a first come, first served basis in five tranches. The total in-quota quantity of specialty sugar will be the 1,656 MTRV included in the WTO minimum plus an additional 170,000 MTRV. The first tranche of 1,656 MTRV will open Oct. 1 and all types of specialty sugars will be eligible for entry under this tranche. The second and third tranches of 50,000 MTRV each will open Oct. 10 and Jan. 23, respectively. The fourth and fifth tranches of 35,000 MTRV each will open April 17 and July 17. respectively. The second through fifth tranches will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the U.S. or reasonably available from domestic sources.

Sugar-Containing Products. With respect to the 64,709 MTRV in-quota quantity of the TRQ for certain sugar-containing products, USTR is allocating 59,250 MTRV to Canada and the remainder is available for other countries on a first come, first served basis.

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