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Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2015 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar

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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 reallocations of the FY 2015 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.

DATES:

June 8, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

Inquiries may be mailed or delivered to Ronald Baumgarten, 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:

Ronald Baumgarten, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Office of Agricultural Affairs, telephone: 202-395-9583 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 WTO TRQs for imports of raw cane and refined sugar.

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 TRQ 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 September 2, 2014, the Secretary of Agriculture established the FY 2015 TRQ for imported raw cane sugar at the minimum to which the United States is committed pursuant to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreements (1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV)). On September 9, 2014, USTR provided notice of country-by-country allocations of the FY 2015 in-quota quantity of the WTO TRQ for imported raw cane sugar. Based on consultation with quota holders, USTR has determined to reallocate 157,937 MTRV of the original TRQ quantity from those countries that are unable to fill their FY 2015 allocated raw cane sugar quantities. USTR is allocating the 157,937 MTRV to the following countries in the amounts specified below:

CountryFY 2015 Reallocation
Argentina11,263
Australia21,739
Barbados1,834
Belize2,881
Brazil37,978
Colombia6,286
Costa Rica3,929
Ecuador2,881
El Salvador6,810
Fiji2,357
Guatemala12,572
Guyana3,143
Honduras2,619
India2,095
Jamaica2,881
Mozambique3,405
Nicaragua5,500
Peru10,739
South Africa6,024
Swaziland4,191
Thailand3,667
Zimbabwe3,143

These allocations are based on the countries' historical shipments to the United States. The allocations of the raw cane sugar WTO TRQ to countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin. Certificates of quota eligibility must accompany imports from any country for which an allocation has been provided.

Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.

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Michael B.G. Froman,

United States Trade Representative.

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[FR Doc. 2015-13887 Filed 6-5-15; 8:45 am]

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