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USTR Announces Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2021 WTO Tarrif-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar

07/09/2021

WASHINGTON – The Office of the United States Trade Representative today announced the reallocation of the unused country-specific quota allocations under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) on imported raw cane sugar for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, which runs from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

TRQs allow countries to export specified quantities of a product to the United States at a relatively low tariff. However, all imports of the product above a pre-determined threshold are subjected to a higher tariff.

On July 9, 2020, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the establishment of the in-quota quantity for raw cane sugar for FY 2021.  The in-quota quantity for the TRQ on raw cane sugar for FY 2021 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. 

On July 22, 2020, USTR provided notice of country-by-country allocations of the FY 2021 in-quota quantity of the WTO TRQ for imported raw cane sugar.  Based on consultation with quota holders, USTR has determined to reallocate 76,571 MTRV of the original TRQ quantity from those countries that have stated they do not plan to fill their FY 2021 allocated raw cane sugar quantities.  USTR is allocating the 76,571 MTRV to the following countries in the amounts specified below:

Country

FY 2021 Raw Sugar Unused Reallocation (MTRV)

 

 

Argentina

3,962

Australia

7,648

Belize

1,014

Bolivia

737

Brazil

13,361

Colombia

2,211

Costa Rica

1,381

Dominican Republic

16,217

Ecuador

1,014

El Salvador

2,396

Eswatini (Swaziland)

1,474

Fiji

829

Guatemala

4,423

Guyana

1,106

Honduras

921

India

737

Jamaica

1,014

Malawi

921

Mauritius

1,106

Mozambique

1,199

Nicaragua

1,935

Panama

2,672

Peru

3,778

South Africa

2,119

Thailand

1,290

Zimbabwe

1,106

These allocations are based on the countries’ historical shipments to the United States.  The allocations of the raw cane sugar WTO TRQ to countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin.  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.

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