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USTR Announces Reallocation of Unused FY 2017 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) 2017 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 86,495 metric tons* raw value (MTRV) of the original TRQ for raw cane sugar from countries that are unable to fill previously allocated, FY 2017 WTO raw sugar TRQ quantities.

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

 

 

Country                      FY 2017 Raw Cane Sugar Unused Reallocation (MTRV)

Argentina

4,756

Australia

9,180

Belize

1,217

Brazil

16,038

Colombia

2,655

Costa Rica

1,659

Ecuador

1,217

El Salvador

2,876

Fiji

995

Guatemala

5,309

Guyana

1,327

Honduras

1,106

India

885

Jamaica

1,217

Malawi

1,106

Mauritius

1,327

Mozambique

1,438

Nicaragua

2,323

Panama

3,208

Peru

4,535

Philippines

14,932

South Africa

2,544

Swaziland

1,770

Thailand

1,548

Zimbabwe

1,327

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.