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USTR Announces FY 2019 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today announced the country-specific in-quota allocations under the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) on imported raw cane sugar for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019). 

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 June 29, 2018, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the establishment of the in-quota quantity for raw cane sugar for FY 2019. The in-quota quantity for the TRQ on raw cane sugar for FY 2019 is 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.  The Office of the United State Trade Representative (USTR) is allocating the raw cane sugar TRQ of 1,117,195 MTRV to the following countries in the quantities specified below:                 

Country

FY 2019 Raw Cane Sugar allocations (MTRV)

Argentina

45,281

Australia

87,402

Barbados

7,371

Belize

11,584

Bolivia

8,424

Brazil

152,691

Colombia

25,273

Congo

7,258

Costa Rica

15,796

Cote d’Ivoire

7,258

Dominican Republic

185,335

Ecuador

11,584

El Salvador

27,379

Fiji

9,477

Gabon

7,258

Guatemala

50,546

Guyana

12,636

Haiti

7,258

Honduras

10,530

India

8,424

Jamaica

11,584

Madagascar

7,258

Malawi

10,530

Mauritius

12,636

Mexico

7,258

Mozambique

13,690

Nicaragua

22,114

Panama

30,538

Papua New Guinea

7,258

Paraguay

7,258

Peru

43,175

Philippines

142,160

South Africa

24,220

St. Kitts & Nevis

7,258

Swaziland

16,849

Taiwan

12,636

Thailand

14,743

Trinidad & Tobago

7,371

Uruguay

7,258

Zimbabwe

12,636

 

These allocations are based on each country’s 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.

Raw cane sugar for the FY 2019 TRQ may enter the United States as of October 1, 2018.

*Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.

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