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WTO Agricultural Quantity-Based Safeguard Trigger Levels

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AGENCY:

Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

ACTION:

Notice of product coverage and trigger levels for safeguard measures provided for in the World Trade Start Printed Page 37517Organization (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture.

SUMMARY:

This notice lists the updated quantity-based 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:

June 21, 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Souleymane Diaby, 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; by telephone (202) 720-2916; by fax (202) 720-0876; or by email Souleymane.Diaby@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 this duty, which lies with the Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (7 CFR 2.43 (a)(2)). 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 (2013) 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 WTO 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 Safeguard Action published in the Federal Register, at 60 FR 427 (Jan. 4, 1995).

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Issued at Washington, DC, this 11th day of June 2013.

Philip Karsting,

Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Annex—Quantity-Based Safeguard Trigger

ProductTrigger levelPeriod
Beef233,306 mtJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Mutton5,928 mtJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Cream228,785 litersJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Evaporated or Condensed Milk1,049,608 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Nonfat Dry Milk399,353 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Dried Whole Milk3,086,377 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Dried Cream11,055 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Dried Whey/Buttermilk39,875 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Butter6,009,631 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Butter Oil and Butter Substitutes5,923,219 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Dairy Mixtures14,186,738 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Blue Cheese4,392,999 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Cheddar Cheese7,755,536 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
American-Type Cheese1,046,825 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Edam/Gouda Cheese6,442,749 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Italian-Type Cheese19,107,668 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Swiss Cheese with Eye Formation24,721,281 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Gruyere Process Cheese3,321,700 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Lowfat Cheese179,373 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
NSPF Cheese44,901,487 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Peanuts19,018 mtApril 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013.
21,598 mtApril 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
Peanut Butter/Paste4,475 mtJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Raw Cane Sugar1,054,460 mtOctober 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
1,033,635 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
Refined Sugar and Syrups208,571 mtOctober 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
215,423 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
Blended Syrups154 mtOctober 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
145 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
Articles Over 65% Sugar185 mtOctober 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
238 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
Articles Over 10% Sugar13,061 mtOctober 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
14,942 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
Sweetened Cocoa Powder305 mtOctober 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
124 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
Chocolate Crumb7,528,482 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Lowfat Chocolate Crumb177,658 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
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Infant Formula Containing Oligosaccharides797,480 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Mixes and Doughs218 mtOctober 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
178 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
Mixed Condiments and Seasonings419 mtOctober 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.
593 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.
Ice Cream1,920,680 litersJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Animal Feed Containing Milk75,883 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
Short Staple Cotton1,056,786 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2012 to September 19, 2013.
2,385,410 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2013 to September 19, 2014.
Harsh or Rough Cotton60 kilogramsAugust 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013.
60 kilogramsAugust 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014.
Medium Staple Cotton8,805 kilogramsAugust 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013.
57,587 kilogramsAugust 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014.
Extra Long Staple Cotton64 kilogramsAugust 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013.
505,834 kilogramsAugust 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014.
Cotton Waste393,492 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2012 to September 19, 2013.
589,849 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2013 to September 19, 2014.
Cotton, Processed, Not Spun77,794 kilogramsSeptember 11, 2012 to September 10, 2013.
50,873 kilogramsSeptember 11, 2013 to September 10, 2014.
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