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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 Organization (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:

May 20, 2014.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Souleymane Diaby, International Trade Specialist, 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 (2014) 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 25th day of April, 2014.

Suzanne Palmieri,

Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Annex-Quantity-Based Safeguard Trigger

ProductTrigger levelPeriod
Beef237,876 mtJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Mutton5,278 mtJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Cream129,711 litersJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Evaporated or Condensed Milk952,925 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Nonfat Dry Milk482,615 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Dried Whole Milk3,315,900 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Dried Cream10,935 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Dried Whey/Buttermilk41,537 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Butter6,689,056 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Butter Oil and Butter Substitutes5,321,260 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Dairy Mixtures12,688,511 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Blue Cheese4,499,916 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Cheddar Cheese8,055,448 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
American-Type Cheese201,684 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Edam/Gouda Cheese6,927,820 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Italian-Type Cheese18,259,276 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Swiss Cheese with Eye Formation25,055,569 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Gruyere Process Cheese3,293,010 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Lowfat Cheese157,337 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
NSPF Cheese46,496,622 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
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Peanuts21,598 mt 20,493 mtApril 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.
Peanut Butter/Paste3,789 mtJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Raw Cane Sugar1,033,635 mt 599,416 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Refined Sugar and Syrups215,423 mt 198,613 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Blended Syrups145 mt 60 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Articles Over 65% Sugar238 mt 269 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Articles Over 10% Sugar14,942 mt 15,471 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Sweetened Cocoa Powder124 mt 84 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Chocolate Crumb8,996,737 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Lowfat Chocolate Crumb173,391 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Infant Formula Containing Oligosaccharides380,061 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Mixes and Doughs178 mt 170 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Mixed Condiments and Seasonings593 mt 653 mtOctober 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014. October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
Ice Cream2,241,098 litersJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Animal Feed Containing Milk74,236 kilogramsJanuary 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Short Staple Cotton2,385,410 kilograms 2,899,397 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2013 to September 19, 2014. September 20, 2014 to September 19, 2015.
Harsh or Rough Cotton60 kilograms 0 kilogramsAugust 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014. August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.
Medium Staple Cotton57,587 kilograms 57,587 kilogramsAugust 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014. August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.
Extra Long Staple Cotton505,834 kilograms 860,694 kilogramsAugust 1, 2013 to July 31, 2014. August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.
Cotton Waste589,849 kilograms 443,246 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2013 to September 19, 2014. September 20, 2014 to September 19, 2015.
Cotton, Processed, Not Spun50,873 kilograms 4,035 kilogramsSeptember 20, 2013 to September 19, 2014. September 20, 2014 to September 19, 2015.
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[FR Doc. 2014-11613 Filed 5-19-14; 8:45 am]

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