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USTR Announces Revised Fiscal Year 2017 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today announced additional country-specific allocations under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for imported raw cane sugar for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017).  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 July 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  announced the establishment of an additional in-quota quantity for the raw cane sugar TRQ for the remainder of FY 2017, in the amount of 244,690 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 USDA also announced that all sugar entering the United States under the FY 2017 raw sugar TRQ will be permitted to enter U.S. Customs territory through October 31, 2017, a month later than the usual last entry date. USTR is allocating this additional quantity of 244,690 MTRV to the following countries in the quantities specified below:

Country

FY 2017 Raw Cane  Sugar Increase (MTRV)

Argentina

15,575

Australia

30,064

Belize

3,984

Brazil

13,962

Colombia

8,693

Costa Rica

5,433

Ecuador

3,984

El Salvador

9,417

Fiji

3,260

Guatemala

17,386

Guyana

4,347

Honduras

3,622

India

2,898

Jamaica

3,984

Malawi

3,622

Mauritius

4,347

Mozambique

4,709

Nicaragua

7,606

Panama

10,504

Peru

14,851

Philippines

48,898

South Africa

8,331

Swaziland

5,795

Thailand

5,071

Zimbabwe

4,347

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. ###