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USTR Announces Reallocation of Unused FY 2016 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) 2016 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 86,533 metric tons* raw value (MTRV) of the original TRQ for raw cane sugar from countries that are unable to fill previously allocated FY 2016 WTO raw sugar TRQ quantities.

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

 

Country

FY 2016 Reallocation

Argentina

3,884

Australia

7,497

Belize

994

Brazil

13,097

Colombia

2,168

Costa Rica

1,355

Dominican Republic

15,897

Ecuador

994

El Salvador

2,348

Fiji

813

Guatemala

4,336

Guyana

1,084

Honduras

903

India

723

Jamaica

994

Malawi

903

Mauritius

1,084

Mozambique

1,174

Nicaragua

1,897

Panama

2,619

Peru

3,703

Philippines

12,194

South Africa

2,078

Swaziland

1,445

Thailand

1,265

Zimbabwe

1,084

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.