USTR Announces Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2024 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar

November 29, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Office of the U.S. 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) 2024 (October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024).

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 July 5, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the establishment of the in-quota quantity for raw cane sugar for FY 2024.  The in-quota quantity for the TRQ on raw cane sugar for FY 2024 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 19, 2023, USTR provided notice of country-by-country allocations of the FY 2024 in-quota quantity of the WTO TRQ for imported raw cane sugar.  Based on consultation with quota holders, USTR has determined to reallocate 223,740 MTRV of the original TRQ quantity from those countries that have stated they do not plan to fill their FY 2024 allocated raw cane sugar quantities.  USTR is allocating the 223,740 MTRV to the following countries in the amounts specified below:

Country FY 2024 Raw Sugar Unused Reallocation (MTRV)
Argentina 15,592
Australia 30,098
Belize 3,989
Bolivia 2,901
Brazil 52,581
Colombia 8,703
Costa Rica 5,439
Ecuador 3,989
El Salvador 9,428
Eswatini (Swaziland) 5,802
Guatemala 17,406
Guyana 4,352
Honduras 3,626
Jamaica 3,989
Malawi 3,626
Mauritius 4,352
Mozambique 4,714
Panama 10,516
Peru 14,868
South Africa 8,340
Thailand 5,077
Zimbabwe 4,352

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.