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USTR Announces New Trade Allocations for Sugar

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today announced the country-specific and first-come, first-served import allocations for raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for Fiscal Year 2018.

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.

Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of June 30, 2017 establishing the quantities for imported sugars in FY 2018, USTR is establishing the following allocations of those quantities: 

  • Raw sugar allocations specific to 43 countries, totaling 1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV), which is the minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement. Click here for a list of countries, allocations, and conditions.
  • Refined sugar allocations of 10,300 MTRV to Canada, 2,954 MTRV to Mexico and the remaining 7,090 MTRV of refined sugar to be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Imports of all specialty sugar will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis in five tranches, as announced by USDA.
  • Sugar-containing product allocations of 59,250 metric tons (MT) to Canada. The remaining 5,459 MT of the in-quota quantity is available for other countries on a first-come, first-served basis.

For full information on USTR’s FY 2018 sugar allocations, click here.

For information on USDA’s FY 2018 sugar tariff rate quotas, click here.