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Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2007 Tariff-Rate Quota Year

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This document sets forth the revised appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2007 quota year reflecting the cumulative annual transfers from Appendix 1 to Appendix 2 for certain dairy product import licenses permanently surrendered by licenses or revoked by the Licensing Authority.

DATES:

Effective Date: September 21, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jorge Martinez, Dairy Import Licensing Program, Import and Trade Support Programs Division, STOP 1021, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1021 or telephone at (202) 720-9439 or e-mail at jorge.martinez@usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Foreign Agricultural Service, under a delegation of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture, administers the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation codified at 7 CFR 6.20-6.37 that provides for the issuance of licenses to import certain dairy articles under tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) as set forth in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. These dairy articles may only be entered into the United States at the low-tier tariff by or for the account of a person or firm to whom such licenses have been issued and only in accordance with the terms and conditions of the regulation.

Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, and each license authorizes the license holder to import a specified quantity and type of article from a specified country of origin. The Import Trade and Support Programs Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, issues these licenses and, in conjunction with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, monitors their use.

The regulation at 7 CFR 6.34(a) states: “Whenever a historical license (Appendix 1) is not issued to an applicant pursuant to the provisions of § 6.23, is permanently surrendered or is revoked by the Licensing Authority, the amount of such license will be transferred to Appendix 2.” Section 6.34(b) provides that the cumulative annual transfers will be published in the Federal Register. Accordingly, this document sets forth the revised Appendices for the 2007 tariff-rate quota year.

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List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 6

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Issued at Washington, DC the 4th day of September, 2007.

Ronald Lord,

Licensing Authority.

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Accordingly,

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PART 6—IMPORT QUOTAS AND FEES

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1. The authority citation for part 6, Subpart—Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Additional U.S. Notes 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16-23 and 25 to Chapter 4 and General Note 15 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (19 U.S.C. 1202), Pub. L. 97-258, 96 Stat. 1051, as amended (31 U.S.C. 9701), and secs. 103 and 404, Pub. L. 103-465, 108 Stat. 4819 (19 U.S.C. 3513 and 3601).

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2. Appendices 1, 2 and 3 to Subpart—Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing are revised to read as follows:

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Appendices 1, 2 and 3 to Subpart—Dairy Tarrif-Rate Import Quota Licensing

Articles Subject to: Appendix 1, Historical Licenses, Appendix 2, Nonhistorical Licenses; and Appendix 3, Designated Importer Licenses for Quota Year 2007

[Quantities in kilograms]

Article by additional U.S. note number and country of originAppendix 1Appendix 2Appendix 3
Tokyo roundUruguay round
NON-CHEESE ARTICLES
BUTTER (NOTE 6)5,363,1301,613,870
EU-2575,91820,243
New Zealand116,99833,595
Other Countries55,90218,033
Any Country5,114,3121,541,999
DRIED SKIM MILK (NOTE 7)118,8005,142,200
Australia118,800481,276
Canada219,565
Any Country4,441,359
DRIED WHOLE MILK (NOTE 8)3,1753,318,125
New Zealand3,175
Any Country3,318,125
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DRIED BUTTERMILK/WHEY (NOTE 12)25,515199,466
Canada161,161
New Zealand25,51538,305
BUTTER SUBSTITUTES CONTAINING OVER 45 PERCENT OF BUTTERFAT AND/OR BUTTER OIL (NOTE 14)6,080,500
Any Country6,080,500
TOTAL: NON-CHEESE ARTICLES5,510,62016,354,161
CHEESE ARTICLES
CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE (EXCEPT: SOFT RIPENED COW'S MILK CHEESE; CHEESE NOT CONTAINING COW'S MILK; CHEESE (EXCEPT COTTAGE CHEESE) CONTAINING 0.5 PERCENT OR LESS BY WEIGHT OF BUTTERFAT; AND, ARTICLES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF OTHER IMPORT QUOTAS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SUBCHAPTER) (NOTE 16)23,356,1538,113,5789,661,1287,496,000
Argentina7,69092,310
Australia535,6285,542758,8301,750,000
Canada1,013,777127,223
Costa Rica1,550,000
EU-2516,147,4537,120,2031,132,5687,446,000
Of which Portugal is:65,83863,471223,691
Israel79,696593,304
Iceland294,00029,000
New Zealand4,443,558371,9146,506,528
Norway124,98225,018
Switzerland597,51373,899548,588500,000
Uruguay250,000
Other Countries111,85689,779
Any Country300,000
BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (EXCEPT STILTON PRODUCED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM) AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, BULE-MOLD CHEESE (NOTE 17)2,285,947195,054430,000
Argentina2,000
EU-252,283,946195,054350,000
Chile80,000
Other Countries1
CHEDDAR CHEESE, AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES OR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, CHEDDAR CHEESE (NOTE 18)3,635,792648,064519,0337,620,000
Australia930,60553,894215,5011,250,000
Chile220,000
EU-2552,404210,5961,050,000
New Zealand2,539,040257,428303,5325,100,000
Other Countries113,74326,146
Any Country100,000
AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE, INCLUDING COLBY, WASHED CURD AND GRANULAR CHEESE (BUT NOT INCLUDING CHEDDAR) AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING OR PROCESSED FROM SUCH AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE (NOTE 19)2,784,899380,654357,003
Australia813,79867,200119,002
EU-25149,547204,453
New Zealand1,657,689104,310238,001
Other Countries163,8654,691
EDAM AND GOUDA CHEESE, AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, EDAM AND GOUDA CHEESE (NOTE 20)5,239,073367,3291,210,000
Argentina119,0035,997110,000
EU-255,000,990288,0101,100,000
Norway114,31852,682
Other Countries4,76220,640
ITALIAN-TYPE CHEESES, MADE FROM COW'S MILK, (ROMANO MADE FROM COW'S MILK, REGGIANO, PARMESAN, PROVOLONE, PROVOLETTI, SBRINZ, AND GOYA-NOT IN ORIGINAL LOAVES) AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, SUCH ITALIAN-TYPE CHEESES, WHETHER OR NOT IN ORIGINAL LOAVES (NOTE 21)6,473,8921,046,655795,5175,165,000
Argentina3,937,962187,521367,5171,890,000
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EU-252,535,930846,0702,025,000
Romania500,000
Uruguay428,000750,000
Other Countries13,064
SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE OTHER THAN WITH EYE FORMATION, GRUYERE-PROCESS CHEESE AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, SUCH CHEESES (NOTE 22)5,567,8561,083,458823,519380,000
EU-254,266,210885,784393,006380,000
Switzerland1,264,357155,130430,513
Other Countries37,28942,544
CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE, CONTAINING 0.5 PERCENT OR LESS BY WEIGHT OF BUTTERFAT (EXCEPT ARTICLES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF OTHER TARIFF-RATE QUOTAS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SUBCHAPTER), AND MARGARINE CHEESE (NOTE 23)2,711,6671,713,2511,050,000
EU-252,711,6661,713,251
Israel50,000
New Zealand1,000,000
Other Countries11
SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE WITH EYE FORMATION (NOTE 25)16,290,8416,006,4909,557,9452,620,000
Argentina9,11570,885
Australia209,698290,302
Canada70,000
EU-2511,348,4805,128,3484,003,1722,420,000
Iceland149,999150,001
Israel27,000
Norway3,187,264468,0463,227,690
Switzerland1,283,125400,9801,745,895200,000
Other Countries85,2751
TOTAL: CHEESE ARTICLES68,346,12019,554,53322,764,14524,921,000
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[FR Doc. 07-4682 Filed 9-20-07; 8:45 am]

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