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2005-2006 Allocations of the Tariff-Rate Quotas for Raw Cane Sugar

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AGENCY:

Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of additional country-by-country allocations of the in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota for imported raw cane sugar beginning on October 1, 2005 and ending on September 30, 2006.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

December 19, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Inquiries may be mailed or delivered to Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Office of Agricultural Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Office of Agricultural Affairs, 202-395-6127.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 5 to chapter 17 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), the United States maintains a tariff-rate quota for imports of raw cane sugar.

Section 404(d)(3) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3601(d)(3)) authorizes the President to allocate the in-quota quantity of a tariff-rate quota for any agricultural product among supplying countries or customs areas. The President delegated this authority to the United States Trade Representative under Presidential Proclamation 6763 (60 FR 1007).

The in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota for raw cane sugar for the period October 1, 2005-September 30, 2006, was increased by the Secretary of Agriculture by 300,000 short tons, raw value (272,155 metric tons). This quantity is being allocated to the following countries:

CountryFY 2006 Additional Allocation (metric tons)
Argentina11,797
Australia22,771
Barbados1,920
Belize3,018
Bolivia2,195
Brazil39,781
Colombia6,584
Costa Rica4,115
Dominican Republic48,286
Ecuador3,018
El Salvador7,133
Fiji2,469
Guatemala13,169
Guyana3,292
Honduras2,744
India2,195
Jamaica3,018
Malawi2,744
Mauritius3,292
Mozambique3,567
Nicaragua5,761
Panama7,956
Peru11,248
Philippines37,037
South Africa6,310
Swaziland4,390
Taiwan3,292
Thailand3,841
Trinidad-Tobago1,920
Zimbabwe3,292

These allocations are based on the countries' historical shipments to the United States. The allocations of the raw cane sugar tariff-rate quota to countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin.

Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.

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Rob Portman,

United States Trade Representative.

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[FR Doc. E5-7479 Filed 12-16-05; 8:45 am]

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