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USTR Announces Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2020 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar

February 06, 2020

Washington, D.C. – 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) 2020 (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020).

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 June 27, 2019, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the establishment of the in-quota quantity for raw cane sugar for FY 2020.  The in-quota quantity for the TRQ on raw cane sugar FY 2020 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 15, 2019, USTR provided notice of country-by-country allocations of the FY 2020 in-quota quantity of the WTO TRQ for imported raw cane sugar.  Based on consultation with quota holders, USTR has determined to reallocate 78,071 MTRV of the original TRQ quantity from those countries that have stated they do not plan to fill their FY 2020 allocated raw cane sugar quantities.  USTR is allocating the 78,071 MTRV to the following countries in the amounts specified below:

 

Country

FY 2020 Raw Sugar Unused Reallocation (MTRV)

Argentina

4,006

Australia

7,733

Barbados

652

Belize

1,025

Bolivia

745

Brazil

13,509

Colombia

2,236

Costa Rica

1,397

Dominican Republic

16,397

Ecuador

1,025

El Salvador

2,422

Eswatini (Swaziland)

1,490

Fiji

838

Guatemala

4,472

Guyana

1,118

Honduras

932

India

745

Jamaica

1,025

Malawi

932

Mauritius

1,118

Mozambique

1,211

Nicaragua

1,956

Panama

2,702

Peru

3,820

South Africa

2,143

Thailand

1,304

Zimbabwe

1,118

 

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 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.

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