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USTR Announces Reallocation of Unused FY 2010 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar

Washington, D.C. -- The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced country-specific reallocations of the fiscal year (FY) 2010 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.  TRQs allow countries to export specified quantities of a product to the United States at a relatively low tariff, but subject all imports of the product above a pre-determined threshold to a higher tariff.

Based on consultations with quota holding countries, USTR is reallocating 81,946 metric tons* raw value (MTRV) of the minimum amount of the original TRQ for raw cane sugar from countries that have stated they will be unable to fill previously allocated FY 2010 raw sugar TRQ quantities.

USTR is allocating this quantity to the following countries in the quantities specified below:

Country

Argentina

FY 2010 Reallocation

3,729

Australia

7,197

Belize

954

Bolivia

694

Brazil

12,574

Colombia

2,081

Costa Rica

1,301

Dominican Republic

15,262

Ecuador

954

El Salvador

2,255

Guatemala

4,162

Guyana

1,041

Honduras

867

India

694

Jamaica

954

Malawi

867

Mozambique

1,127

Nicaragua

1,821

Panama

2,515

Peru

3,555

Philippines

11,706

South Africa

1,994

Swaziland

1,387

Thailand

1,214

Zimbabwe

1,041

These allocations are based on the countries' historical shipments to the United States. The allocations of the raw cane sugar TRQ to countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin, and certificates for quota eligibility must accompany imports from any country to which an allocation is provided.

*Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.