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USTR Announces Reallocation of Unused FY 2015 World Trade Organization 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) 2015 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) 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 157,937 metric tons* raw value (MTRV) of the original TRQ for raw cane sugar from countries that are unable to fill previously allocated FY 2015 WTO raw sugar TRQ quantities.

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

Country

FY 2015 Reallocation

Argentina

11,263

Australia

21,739

Barbados

  1,834

Belize

  2,881

Brazil

37,978

Colombia

  6,286

Costa Rica

  3,929

Ecuador

  2,881

El Salvador

  6,810

Fiji

  2,357

Guatemala

12,572

Guyana

  3,143

Honduras

  2,619

India

  2,095

Jamaica

  2,881

Mozambique

  3,405

Nicaragua

  5,500

Peru

10,739

South Africa

  6,024

Swaziland

  4,191

Thailand

  3,667

Zimbabwe

  3,143

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. 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.