Background

Sugar TRQ Sees Significant Increase

The Department of Agriculture has increased the amounts of raw cane sugar and certain sugars, syrups, and molasses (collectively referred to as refined sugar) that may be imported under the lower tier of duties provided by the tariff-rate quotas for these products during fiscal year 2020 (Oct. 1, 2019, through Sept. 30, 2020).

The raw cane sugar TRQ has been increased by 317,515 metric tons raw value and now totals 1,434,710 MTRV. Raw cane sugar under this TRQ must be accompanied by a certificate for quota eligibility and may be entered until Sept. 30, 2020.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has allocated this increase as follows (in MTRV).

Argentina

19,185

Australia

37,032

Barbados

3,123

Belize

4,908

Bolivia

3,569

Brazil

64,694

Colombia

10,708

Costa Rica

6,692

Dominican Republic

30,000

Ecuador

4,908

El Salvador

11,600

Eswatini

7,139

Fiji

4,015

Guatemala

21,417

Guyana

5,354

Honduras

4,462

India

3,569

Malawi

4,462

Mauritius

5,354

Mozambique

5,800

Nicaragua

9,639

Panama

10,000

Peru

18,293

South Africa

10,262

Thailand

6,246

Zimbabwe

5,354

USDA has also increased the refined sugar TRQ by 181,437 MTRV so that it now totals 373,437 MTRV. USTR is allocating 5,000 MTRV of this increase to Canada and the rest to the global TRQ, which may be supplied by any country on a first-come, first-served basis in the following seven tranches.

April 13

95,000

April 27

20,000

May 11

15,000

May 18

12,000

June 1

12,000

June 15

12,000

June 29

10,437

Importation of Melon, Tarragon, Rosemary Under Consideration

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is considering separate requests to authorize the importation into the continental U.S. of (1) melon fruit from Turkey and (2) tarragon and rosemary from Ethiopia. APHIS has drafted pest risk assessments that list the potential pests likely to remain on these commodities upon importation if no mitigation is applied. Comments on these assessments, including information that might lead APHIS to revise its assessments before identifying pest mitigations and proceeding with the commodity import approval process, are due by May 14.

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