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Ambassador Froman Announces Revised Fiscal Year 2016 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar

Washington, D.C. –Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced additional country-specific allocations under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for imported raw cane sugar for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016). 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 May 18, 2016, the Secretary of Agriculture announced an additional in-quota quantity for the TRQ for raw cane sugar for the remainder of FY 2016 in the amount of 127,006 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.

The Office of the United State Trade Representative (USTR) is allocating this additional quantity of 127,006 MTRV to the following countries in the quantities specified below:

Country

FY 2016 Raw Cane  Sugar Increase (MTRV)

Argentina

6,159

Australia

11,888

Belize

1,576

Brazil

20,768

Colombia

3,437

Costa Rica

2,148

Dominican Republic

15,000

Ecuador

1,576

El Salvador

3,724

Fiji

1,289

Guatemala

6,875

Guyana

1,719

Honduras

1,432

India

1,146

Jamaica

1,576

Malawi

1,432

Mauritius

1,719

Mozambique

1,862

Nicaragua

3,008

Panama

4,154

Peru

5,872

Philippines

19,336

South Africa

3,294

Swaziland

2,292

Thailand

2,005

Zimbabwe

1,719

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.