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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 provides 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. This notice also includes the relevant period applicable for the trigger levels on each of the listed products.

DATES:

Effective Date: March 23, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lana Bennett, Import and Trade Support Programs Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 1047, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1047, telephone at (202) 720-0638, or e-mail itspd@fas.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, dated December Start Printed Page 1373923, 1994, 60 FR 1005 (Jan. 4, 1995). The Secretary of Agriculture further delegated the duty to the Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (7 CFR 2.43(a)(2) (2007)). 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 (2007) and in the Secretary of Agriculture's Notice of Uruguay Round Agricultural Safeguard Trigger Levels, published in the Federal Register at 60 FR 427, (Jan. 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 superceded by the levels indicated in the Annex to this notice. The definitions of these products were provided in the Notice of Uruguay Round Agricultural Safeguard Trigger Levels, published in the Federal Register at 60 FR 427, (Jan. 4, 1995).

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Dated: March 15, 2007.

Michael W. Yost,

Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Annex

Quantity-Based Safeguard Trigger

ProductTrigger levelPeriod
Beef469,450 mtJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Mutton2,919 mtJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Cream3,005,322 litersJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Evaporated or Condensed Milk6,890,725 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Nonfat Dry Milk585,072 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Dried Whole Milk3,872,863 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Dried Cream22,149 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Dried Whey/Buttermilk48,044 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Butter11,501,939 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Butter Oil and Butter Substitutes8,426,033 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Dairy Mixtures52,446,272 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Blue Cheese5,151,516 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Cheddar Cheese12,656,523 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
American-Type Cheese12,208,739 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Edam/Gouda Cheese8,526,313 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Italian-Type Cheese23,435,224 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Swiss Cheese with Eye Formation33,850,685 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Gruyere Process Cheese7,783,826 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Lowfat Cheese2,554,432 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
NSPF Cheese55,415,198 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Peanuts15,699 mtApril 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007.
15,634 mtApril 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008.
Peanut Butter/Paste3,738 mtJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Raw Cane Sugar1,172,199 mtOctober 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
1,411,011 mtOctober 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Refined Sugar and Syrups73,889 mtOctober 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
158,544 mtOctober 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Blended Syrups36 mtOctober 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
29 mtOctober 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Articles Over 65% Sugar358 mtOctober 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
593 mtOctober 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Articles Over 10% Sugar18,297 mtOctober 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
17,655 mtOctober 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Sweetened Cocoa Powder1,008 mtOctober 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
1,083 mtOctober 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Chocolate Crumb8,391,217 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Lowfat Chocolate Crumb274,366 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Infant Formula Containing Oligosaccharides33,896 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Mixes and Doughs101 mtOctober 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
111 mtOctober 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Mixed Condiments and Seasonings0 mtOctober 1, 2006 to September 30, 2007.
0 mtOctober 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.
Ice Cream1,700,229 litersJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Animal Feed Containing Milk71,519 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Short Staple Cotton29,945 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2006 to September 19, 2007.
128,095 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2007 to September 19, 2008.
Harsh or Rough Cotton0 kilogramsAugust 1, 2006 to July 31, 2007.
0 kilogramsAugust 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008.
Medium Staple Cotton2,361,931 kilogramsAugust 1, 2006 to July 31, 2007.
2,113,814 kilogramsAugust 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008.
Extra Long Staple Cotton8,109,615 kilogramsAugust 1, 2006 to July 31, 2007.
7,045,601 kilogramsAugust 1, 2007 to July 31, 2008.
Cotton Waste7,692 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2006 to September 19, 2007.
5,128 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2007 to September 19, 2008.
Cotton, Processed, Not Spun26,833 kilogramsSeptember 11, 2006 to September 10, 2007.
19,473 kilogramsSeptember 11, 2007 to September 10, 2008.
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