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USTR Announces FY 2010 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Additional Raw Cane Sugar

05/05/2010

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced country-specific allocations of additional fiscal year (FY) 2010 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.  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 April 23, 2010, the Secretary of Agriculture announced an additional in-quota quantity for the TRQ for raw cane sugar for the remainder of FY 2010 (ending September 30, 2010) in the amount of 181,437 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 Uruguay Round Agreements.  

Based on consultations with quota holding countries, USTR is allocating the quantity of 181,437 MTRV to the following countries in the quantities specified below:          

Country

Additional FY 2010 Allocation

Argentina

7,826

Australia

15,106

Belize

2,002

Bolivia

1,456

Brazil

26,391

Colombia

4,368

Congo

7,258

Costa Rica

2,730

Dominican Republic

32,033

Ecuador

2,002

El Salvador

4,732

Guatemala

8,736

Guyana

2,184

Honduras

1,820

India

1,456

Jamaica

2,002

Malawi

1,820

Mauritius

2,185

Mozambique

2,366

Nicaragua

3,822

Panama

5,278

Peru

7,462

Philippines

24,571

South Africa

4,186

Swaziland

2,912

Thailand

2,548

Zimbabwe

2,185

These allocations are based 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 to which an allocation is provided.  

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

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