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USTR Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Allocation of Additional Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar and Refined Sugar

April 09, 2020

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today announced country-specific and first-come, first-served in-quota additional 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 into 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 April 3, 2020, (85 FR 18913) the Secretary of Agriculture announced an additional in-quota quantity of the TRQ for raw cane sugar for the remainder of FY 2020 (ending September 30, 2020) in the amount of 317,515 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 (1,117,195 MTRV).  USTR is allocating this additional quantity of 317,515 MTRV to the following countries in the amounts specified below:                                            

Country

FY 2020 Raw Sugar TRQ Increase Allocation (MTRV)

Argentina

19,185

Australia

37,032

Barbados

3,123

Belize

4,908

Bolivia

3,569

Brazil

64,694

Colombia

10,708

Costa Rica

6,692

DR

30,000

Ecuador

4,908

El Salvador

11,600

Eswatini (Swaziland)

7,139

Fiji

4,015

Guatemala

21,417

Guyana

5,354

Honduras

4,462

India

3,569

Malawi

4,462

Mauritius

5,354

Mozambique

5,800

Nicaragua

9,369

Panama

10,000

Peru

18,293

South Africa

10,262

Thailand

6,246

Zimbabwe

5,354

Total

317,515

USTR based these allocations 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 for which an allocation has been provided.

The Secretary of Agriculture also announced an increase in the FY 2020 refined sugar TRQ of 181,437 MTRV.  USTR is allocating 5,000 MTRV of the additional quantity to Canada and the rest of the increase (176,437 MTRV) to the global tariff-rate quota, which may be supplied by any country on a first-come, first-served basis in seven tranches as follows:

Month

Day

FY 2020 Refined Sugar TRQ Increased Allocation (MTRV)

April

13

95,000

April

27

20,000

May

11

15,000

May

18

12,000

June

1

12,000

June

15

12,000

June

29

10,437

No certificate for quota eligibility is required for sugar entering under the global TRQ for refined sugar.

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

To read the notice in the Federal Register, click here.

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