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WTO Agricultural Safeguard Trigger Levels

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AGENCY:

Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice of product coverage and trigger levels for safeguard measures provided for in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture.

SUMMARY:

This notice lists the updated quantity trigger levels for products, which may be subject to additional import duties under the safeguard provisions of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. It also includes the relevant period applicable for trigger levels on each of those products.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

June 12, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Charles R. Bertsch, Multilateral Trade Negotiations Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, room 5530—South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250-1022, telephone at (202) 720-6278, or e-mail charles.bertsch@usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Article 5 of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture provides that additional import duties may be imposed on imports of products subject to tariffication as a result of the Uruguay Round if certain conditions are met. The agreement permits additional duties to be charged if the price of an individual shipment of imported products falls below the average price for similar goods imported during the years 1986-88 by a specified percentage. It also permits additional duties to be imposed if the volume of imports of an article exceeds the average of the most recent 3 years for which data are available by 5, 10, or 25 percent, depending on the article. These additional duties may not be imposed on quantities for which minimum or current access commitments were made during the Uruguay Round negotiations, and only one type of safeguard, price or quantity, may be applied at any given time to an article.

Section 405 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires that the President cause to be published in the Federal Register information regarding the price and quantity safeguards, including the quantity trigger levels, which must be updated annually based upon import levels during the most recent 3 years. The President delegated this duty to the Secretary of Agriculture in Presidential Proclamation No. 6763, QUANTITY BASED SAFEGUARD TRIGGER dated December 23, 1994. The Secretary of Agriculture further delegated the duty to the Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (7 CFR 2.43(a)(2)). The Annex to this notice contains the updated quantity trigger levels.

Additional information on the products subject to safeguards and the additional duties which may apply can be found in subchapter IV of Chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and in the Secretary of Agriculture's Notice of Safeguard Action, published in the Federal Register at 60 FR 427, January 4, 1995.

Notice:

As provided in section 405 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, consistent with Article 5 of the Agreement on Agriculture, the safeguard quantity trigger levels previously notified are supeceded by the levels indicated in the Annex to this notice.

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Issued at Washington, DC, this 4 day of June.

K.J. Roberts,

Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, Annex.

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The definitions of these products were provided in the Notice of Safeguard Action published in the Federal Register, at 60 FR 427, January 4, 1995.

Quantity-Based Safeguard Trigger

ProductTrigger levelPeriod
Beef1,186,106 mtJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Mutton17,117 mtJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Cream5,534,383 litersJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Evaporated or Condensed Milk7,455,620 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Nonfat Dry Milk4,466,516 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Dried Whole Milk3,564,465 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Dried Cream7,653 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Dried Whey/Buttermilk69,343 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Butter13,733,235 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Butter Oil and Butter Substitutes10,526,925 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Dairy Mixtures4,895,300 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Blue Cheese4,218,407 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Cheddar Cheese15,619,014 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
American-Type Cheese21,653,472 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Edam/Gouda Cheese8,310,586 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Italian-Type Cheese18,789,008 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Swiss Cheese with Eye Formation37,381,545 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Gruyere Process Cheese8,092,469 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Lowfat Cheese3,404,944 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
NSPF Cheese58,201,906 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Peanuts64,394 mtApril 1, 2003 to March 31, 2003.
Peanut Butter/Paste19,583 mtJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
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Raw Cane Sugar1,358,418 mtOctober 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
1,292,926 mtOctober 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
Refined Sugar and Syrups46,395 mtOctober 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
66,348 mtOctober 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
Blended Syrups2 mtOctober 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
0 mtOctober 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
Articles Over 65% Sugar10 mtOctober 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
Articles Over 10% Sugar80,886 mtOctober 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
80,886 mtOctober 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
0 mtOctober 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
Sweetened Cocoa Powder759 mtOctober 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
843 mtOctober 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
Chocolate Crumb22,524,838 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Lowfat Chocolate Crumb460,521 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Infant Formula Containing Oligosaccharides125,000 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Mixes and Doughs5,364 mtOctober 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
5,358 mtOctober 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
Mixed Condiments and Seasonings523 mtOctober 1, 2002 to September 30, 2003.
554 mtOctober 1, 2003 to September 30, 2004.
Ice Cream3,832, 905 litersJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Animal Feed Containing Milk5,772 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2003 to December 31, 2003.
Short Staple Cotton5,273,740 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2002 to September 19, 2003.
328,762 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2003 to September 19, 2004.
Harsh or Rough Cotton0 mtAugust 1, 2002 to July 31, 2003.
0 mtAugust 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004.
Medium Staple Cotton740,504 kilogramsAugust 1, 2002 to July 31, 2003.
175,688 kilogramsAugust 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004.
Extra Long Staple Cotton6,562,505 kilogramsAugust 1, 2002 to July 31, 2003.
6,218,181 kilogramsAugust 1, 2003 to July 31, 2004.
Cotton Waste0 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2002 to September 19, 2003.
0 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2003 to September 19, 2004.
Cotton, Processed, Not Spun1,790 kilogramsSeptember 11, 2002 to September 10, 2003.
1,042 kilogramsSeptember 11, 2003 to September 10, 2004.
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[FR Doc. 03-14550 Filed 6-11-03; 8:45 am]

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