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Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2015 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 2015 quota year reflecting the cumulative annual transfers from Appendix 1 to Appendix 2 for certain dairy product import licenses permanently surrendered by licensees or revoked by the Licensing Authority.

DATES:

Effective: August 4, 2015.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Abdelsalam El-Farra, Dairy Import Licensing Program, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, at(202) 720-9439; or by email at: abdelsalam.el-farra@fas.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 dairy article from a specified country of origin. The Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, issues these licenses and, in conjunction with 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 2015 tariff-rate quota year.

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List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 6

  • Agricultural commodities
  • Cheese
  • Dairy products
  • Imports
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Issued at Washington, DC, the 16th day of July, 2015.

Ronald Lord,

Licensing Authority.

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Accordingly, 7 CFR part 6 is amended as follows:

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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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Articles Subject to: Appendix 1, Historical Licenses; Appendix 2 Non-Historical Licenses; and Appendix 3, Designated Importers Licenses for Quota Year 2015

[Quantities in kilograms]

Non-cheese articlesAppendix 1Appendix 2Sum of appendix 1 & 2Appendix 3Grand totalHTS
Tokyo R.Uruguay R.Chapter 4/2014
BUTTER (NOTE 6)4,545,0132,431,9876,977,0006,977,0006,977,000
EU-2762,59933,56296,161
New Zealand88,26462,329150,593
Other Countries39,17334,76273,935
Any Country4,354,9772,301,3346,656,311
DRIED SKIM MILK (NOTE 7)5,261,0005,261,0005,261,0005,261,000
Australia0600,076600,076
Canada0219,565219,565
Any Country04,441,3594,441,359
DRIED WHOLE MILK (NOTE 8)03,321,3003,321,3003,321,3003,321,300
New Zealand03,1753,175
Any Country03,318,1253,318,125
DRIED BUTTERMILK/WHEY (NOTE 12)0224,981224,981224,981224,981
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Canada0161,161161,161
New Zealand063,82063,820
BUTTER SUBSTITUTES CONTAINING OVER 45 PERCENT OF BUTTERFAT AND/OR BUTTER OIL (NOTE 14)06,080,5006,080,5006,080,5006,080,500
Any Country06,080,5006,080,500
TOTAL: NON-CHEESE ARTICLES4,545,01317,319,76821,864,78121,864,78121,864,781
Cheese articlesAppendix 1Appendix 2Sum of appendix 1 & 2Tokyo R.Uruguay R.Grand totalChapter 4/2010
CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE (NOTE 16)18,385,95913,083,77231,469,7319,661,1287,496,00048,626,85948,626,859
Argentina07,6907,69092,310100,000100,000
Australia535,6285,542541,170758,8301,750,0003,050,0003,050,000
Canada977,439163,5611,141,0001,141,0001,141,000
Costa Rica0001,550,0001,550,0001,550,000
EU-2714,342,8068,924,85023,267,6561,132,5683,446,00027,846,22427,493,224
Of which Portugal is:65,83863,471129,309223,691353,000353,000
Israel79,696079,696593,304673,000673,000
Iceland29,054264,946294,00029,000323,000323,000
New Zealand1,595,0123,220,4604,815,4726,506,52811,322,00011,322,000
Norway122,86027,140150,000150,000150,000
Switzerland536,720134,692671,412548,588500,0001,720,0001,720,000
Uruguay000250,000250,000250,000
Other Countries100,906100,729201,635201,635201,635
Any Country0300,000300,000300,000300,000
BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (NOTE 17)1,947,512533,4892,481,001430,0002,911,0012,911,001
Argentina2,00002,0002,0002,000
EU-271,945,512533,4882,479,000350,0002,829,0002,829,000
Chile00080,00080,00080,000
Other Countries01111
CHEDDAR CHEESE (NOTE 18)2,344,1771,939,6794,283,856519,0337,620,00012,422,88912,422,889
Australia897,78686,713984,499215,5011,250,0002,450,0002,450,000
Chile000220,000220,000220,000
EU-2752,404210,596263,0001,050,0001,313,0001,313,000
New Zealand1,292,3741,504,0942,796,468303,5325,100,0008,200,0008,200,000
Other Countries101,61338,276139,889139,889139,889
Any Country0100,000100,000100,000100,000
AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE (NOTE 19)1,248,0431,917,5103,165,553357,00303,522,5563,522,556
Australia761,890119,108880,998119,0021,000,0001,000,000
EU-27140,611213,389354,000354,000354,000
New Zealand217,6801,544,3191,761,999238,0012,000,0002,000,000
Other Countries127,86240,694168,556168,556168,556
EDAM AND GOUDA CHEESE (NOTE 20)4,335,7251,270,6775,606,40201,210,0006,816,4026,816,402
Argentina105,41819,582125,000110,000235,000235,000
EU-274,114,4991,174,5015,289,0001,100,0006,389,0006,389,000
Norway111,04655,954167,000167,000167,000
Other Countries4,76220,64025,40225,40225,402
ITALIAN-TYPE CHEESES (NOTE 21)6,179,1551,341,3927,520,547795,5175,165,00013,481,06413,481,064
Argentina3,762,028363,4554,125,483367,5171,890,0006,383,0006,383,000
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EU-272,417,127964,8733,382,0002,025,0005,407,0005,407,000
Romania000500,000500,000500,000
Uruguay000428,000750,0001,178,0001,178,000
Other Countries013,06413,06413,06413,064
SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE (NOTE 22)5,182,6101,468,7046,651,314823,519380,0007,854,8337,854,833
EU-273,918,4611,233,5335,151,994393,006380,0005,925,0005,925,000
Switzerland1,230,651188,8361,419,487430,5131,850,0001,850,000
Other Countries33,49846,33579,83379,83379,833
CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE (NOTE 23)1,837,2062,587,7024,424,9081,050,00005,474,9085,474,908
EU-271,837,2062,587,7014,424,9074,424,9074,424,907
Israel00050,00050,00050,000
New Zealand0001,000,0001,000,0001,000,000
Other Countries01111
SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE WITH EYE FORMATION (NOTE 25)13,609,0248,688,30722,297,3319,557,9452,620,00034,475,27634,475,276
Argentina09,1159,11570,88580,00080,000
Australia209,6980209,698290,302500,000500,000
Canada00070,00070,00070,000
EU-2710,081,0026,395,82616,476,8284,003,1722,420,00022,900,00022,900,000
Iceland0149,999149,999150,001300,000300,000
Israel27,000027,00027,00027,000
Norway2,480,0211,175,2893,655,3103,227,6906,883,0006,883,000
Switzerland763,050921,0551,684,1051,745,895200,0003,630,0003,630,000
Other Countries48,25337,02385,27685,27685,276
TOTAL: CHEESE ARTICLES55,069,41132,831,23287,900,64322,764,14524,921,000135,585,788135,585,788
TOTAL: CHEESE & NON-CHEESE59,614,42450,151,000109,765,42422,764,14524,921,000157,450,569157,450,569
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[FR Doc. 2015-19083 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am]

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