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Fiscal Year 2008 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar, and Sugar-Containing Products

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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 country-by-country allocations of the FY 2008 in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota for imported raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 24, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Inquiries may be mailed or delivered to Leslie O'Connor, Director of Agricultural Affairs, 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:

Leslie O'Connor, Office of Agricultural Affairs, telephone: 202-395-6127 or facsimile: 202-395-4579.

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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 and refined sugar. Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 8 to chapter 17 of the HTS, the United States maintains a tariff-rate quota for imports of sugar-containing products.

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).

On August 10, 2007, the Secretary of Agriculture announced the sugar program provisions for fiscal year (FY) 2008 (Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008). The Secretary of Agriculture announced an in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quota for raw cane sugar for FY 2008 of 1,117,195 metric tons* raw value, which is the minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreements. (USDA did not announce the establishment of any shipping patterns for the FY 2008 raw sugar tariff-rate quota.) USTR is allocating this quantity (1,117,195 metric tons* raw value) to the following countries:

CountryFY 2008 Raw cane sugar allocations (metric tons raw value)
Argentina45,281
Australia87,402
Barbados7,371
Belize11,583
Bolivia8,424
Brazil152,691
Colombia25,273
Congo7,258
Costa Rica15,796
Cote d'Ivoire7,258
Dominican Republic185,335
Ecuador11,583
El Salvador27,379
Fiji9,477
Gabon7,258
Guatemala50,546
Guyana12,636
Haiti7,258
Honduras10,530
India8,424
Jamaica11,583
Madagascar7,258
Malawi10,530
Mauritius12,636
Mexico7,258
Mozambique13,690
Nicaragua22,538
Panama30,538
Papua New Guinea7,258
Paraguay7,258
Peru43,175
Philippines142,160
South Africa24,220
St Kitts & Nevis7,258
Swaziland16,849
Taiwan12,636
Thailand14,743
Trinidad & Tobago7,371
Uruguay7,258
Zimbabwe12,636

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, and certificates for quota eligibility must accompany imports from any country for which an allocation has been provided.

On August 10, 2007, the Secretary of Agriculture established the FY 2008 refined sugar tariff-rate quota at 85,503 metric tons raw value for which the sucrose content, by weight in the dry state, must have a polarimeter reading of 99.5 degrees or more. This amount includes the minimum level to which the United States is committed under the WTO Uruguay Round Agreement (22,000 metric tons raw value of which 1,656 metric tons raw value is specialty sugar) and an additional 63,503 metric tons raw value for specialty sugars. USTR is allocating a total of 10,300 metric tons raw value of refined sugar to Canada, 2,954 metric tons raw value of refined sugar to Mexico, and 7,090 metric tons raw value of refined sugar to be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. The 64,159 metric tons raw value specialty sugar TRQ, which includes the additional 63,503 metric tons raw value of specialty sugar and the specialty sugar allocation of 1,656 metric tons raw value included in the 22,000 metric tons raw value WTO minimum, will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis in five tranches. The first tranche of 1,656 metric tons raw value will open October 24, 2007. All types of specialty sugars are eligible for entry under this tranche. The second tranche of 22,544 metric tons raw value will open on November 15, 2007. The third, fourth, and fifth tranches of 13,653 metric tons raw value each will open on January 30, 2008; May 14, 2008 and August 27, 2008 respectively. The second, third, fourth and fifth tranches will be reserved for Start Printed Page 48696organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably available from domestic sources.

With respect to the tariff-rate quota of 64,709 metric tons for certain sugar-containing products maintained under Additional U.S. Note to Chapter 17 to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, USTR is allocating 59,250 metric tons to Canada. The remainder of the sugar-containing products tariff-rate quota is available for other countries on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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Susan C. Schwab,

United States Trade Representative.

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[FR Doc. E7-16736 Filed 8-23-07; 8:45 am]

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