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USTR Announces Revised FY 2011 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced the country-specific in-quota allocations of additional Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 for imported raw cane sugar and of country-specific reallocations of the FY 2011 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar. Tariff-rate quotas (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.

On April 11, 2011, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced an additional in-quota quantity for the TRQ for raw cane sugar for the remainder of FY 2011 (ending September 30, 2011) in the amount of 294,835 metric tons* raw value (MTRV). This quantity is in addition to the minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreements.

USTR has also determined to reallocate 102,177 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 2011 raw sugar TRQ quantities.

USTR is allocating this total quantity of 397,012 MTRV to the following countries in the quantities specified below:

Country/FY 2011 Raw Cane Sugar Combined Reallocations and Increase (MTRV)

Argentina 21,395

Australia 41,299

Belize 5,474

Bolivia 3,980

Brazil 72,148

Colombia 11,941

Costa Rica 7,463

Dominican Republic 20,000

Ecuador 5,474

El Salvador 12,937

Guatemala 23,884

Guyana 5,971

Honduras 5,000

India 3,980

Jamaica 5,000

Malawi 4,976

Mauritius 2,000

Mozambique 6,469

Nicaragua 10,449

Panama 14,430

Peru 20,400

Philippines 60,000

South Africa 11,444

Swaziland 7,961

Thailand 6,966

Zimbabwe 5,971

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.