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

September 22, 2020

Washington, DC –  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today announced country-specific in-quota additional allocations under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) on imported raw cane sugar for Fiscal Year 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 September 10, 2020, 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 90,718 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) and in addition to the increase of 317,515 MTRV the Secretary announced on April 3, 2020.  The Secretary has also determined that all sugar entering the United States under the FY 2020 raw cane sugar TRQ will be permitted to enter U.S. Customs territory through October 31, 2020, a month later than the usual last entry date. Of this additional quantity of raw cane sugar, USTR is allocating 10,718 MTRV to Australia and 80,000 MTRV to Brazil. 

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.

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