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WTO Agricultural Safeguard Trigger Levels

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AGENCY:

Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice.

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: May 31, 2011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Safeguard Staff, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Office of Trade Programs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 1021, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-1021; or by telephone at: (202) 720-0638; or by e-mail at: 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 23, 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 Start Printed Page 31296contains 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 (2011) 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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Issued at Washington, DC, this 16th day of May 2011.

Suzanne E. Heinen,

Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

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ANNEX

Quantity-Based Safeguard Trigger

ProductTrigger levelPeriod
Beef242,780 mtJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Mutton5,576 mtJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Cream867,562 litersJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Evaporated or Condensed Milk2,262,128 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Nonfat Dry Milk327,518 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Dried Whole Milk2,135,595 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Dried Cream21,166 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Dried Whey/Buttermilk18,594 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Butter6,188,045 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Butter Oil and Butter Substitutes6,441,469 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Dairy Mixtures30,574,663 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Blue Cheese4,530,512 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Cheddar Cheese9,824,536 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
American-Type Cheese4,978,590 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Edam/Gouda Cheese6,388,906 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Italian-Type Cheese21,718,995 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Swiss Cheese with Eye Formation26,060,155 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Gruyere Process Cheese3,411,433 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Lowfat Cheese448,925 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
NSPF Cheese41,636,693 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Peanuts18,176 mtApril 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011.
19,279 mtApril 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.
Peanut Butter/Paste4,493 mtJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Raw Cane Sugar1,142,815 mtOctober 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
1,278,131 mtOctober 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Refined Sugar and Syrups176,800 mtOctober 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
203,088 mtOctober 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Blended Syrups134 mtOctober 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
192 mtOctober 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Articles Over 65% Sugar277 mtOctober 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
247 mtOctober 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Articles Over 10% Sugar15,083 mtOctober 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
16,434 mtOctober 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Sweetened Cocoa Powder1,054 mtOctober 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
700 mtOctober 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Chocolate Crumb8,051,334 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Lowfat Chocolate Crumb211,289 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Infant Formula Containing Oligosaccharides582,933 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Mixes and Doughs383 mtOctober 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
286 mtOctober 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Mixed Condiments and Seasonings280 mtOctober 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011.
432 mtOctober 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012.
Ice Cream2,309,155 litersJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Animal Feed Containing Milk39,223 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Short Staple Cotton591,350 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2010 to September 19, 2011.
30,605 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2011 to September 19, 2012.
Harsh or Rough Cotton0 kilogramsAugust 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011.
60 kilogramsAugust 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012.
Medium Staple Cotton149,148 kilogramsAugust 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011.
51,298 kilogramsAugust 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012.
Extra Long Staple Cotton2,017,042 kilogramsAugust 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011.
1,007,631 kilogramsAugust 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012.
Cotton Waste432,133 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2010 to September 19, 2011.
595,320 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2011 to September 19, 2012.
Cotton, Processed, Not Spun31,338 kilogramsSeptember 11, 2010 to September 10, 2011.
75,787 kilogramsSeptember 11, 2011 to September 10, 2012.
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