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USTR Announces Fiscal Year 2020 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products

07/12/2019

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today announced the country-specific and first-come, first-served in-quota allocations under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) on imported raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar and sugar-containing products for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020).  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 27, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the establishment of the in-quota quantity for raw cane sugar for FY 2020. The in-quota quantity for the TRQ on raw cane sugar for FY 2020 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 2020 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 (Brazzaville)

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.

On June 27, 2019, USDA also announced the establishment of the in-quota quantity of the FY 2020 refined sugar TRQ at 192,000 MTRV for which the sucrose content, by weight in the dry state, must have a polarimeter reading of 99.5 degrees or more.  This amount includes the minimum level to which the United States is committed under the WTO Uruguay Round Agreement - 22,000 MTRV of which 1,656 MTRV is reserved for specialty sugar - and an additional 170,000 MTRV for specialty sugars.  USTR is allocating the refined sugar TRQ as follows: 10,300 MTRV of refined sugar to Canada, 2,954 MTRV to Mexico, and 7,090 MTRV 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.  USDA has announced that the total in-quota quantity of specialty sugar will be the 1,656 MTRV included in the WTO minimum plus an additional 170,000 MTRV.  The first tranche of 1,656 MTRV will open October 1, 2019.  All types of specialty sugars are eligible for entry under this tranche.  The second tranche of 50,000 MTRV will open on October 9, 2019.  The third tranche of 50,000 MTRV will open on January 22, 2020.  The fourth tranche of 35,000 MTRV will open on April 15, 2020.  The fifth tranche of 35,000 MTRV will open on July 15, 2020.  The second, third, fourth and fifth tranches will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably available from domestic sources.

With respect to the in-quota quantity of 64,709 MTRV of the TRQ for imports of certain sugar-containing products maintained under Additional U.S. Note 8 to chapter 17 of the HTS, USTR is allocating 59,250 MTRV to Canada.  The remainder, 5,459 MTRV, of the in-quota quantity is available for other countries on a first-come, first-served basis.

Raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar and sugar-containing products for FY 2020 TRQs may enter the United States as of October 1, 2019.

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

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