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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 Start Printed Page 27795applicable for the trigger levels on each of the listed products.

DATES:

June 19, 2017.

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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 1020, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1020; by telephone (202) 720-0638; or by fax (202) 720-0876; or by email to 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 (2017) 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 superseded 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, on May 31, 2017.

Holly Higgins

Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Annex

ProductQuantity-based safeguard trigger
Trigger levelUnitsPeriod
Beef331,166MTJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Mutton3,335MTJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Cream1,426,324LitersJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Evaporated or Condensed Milk2,228,725KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Nonfat Dry Milk564,347KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Dried Whole Milk4,493,172KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Dried Cream8,319KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Dried Whey/Buttermilk19,366KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Butter22,242,567KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Butter Oil and Butter Substitutes9,693,967KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Dairy Mixtures26,136,023KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Blue Cheese5,161,480KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Cheddar Cheese15,484,227KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
American-Type Cheese919,786KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Edam/Gouda Cheese8,779,770KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Italian-Type Cheese21,756,722KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Swiss Cheese with Eye Formation30,109,746KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Gruyere Process Cheese3,850,662KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
NSPF Cheese58,444,719KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Lowfat Cheese281,375KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Peanuts13,106MTApril 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
14,577MTApril 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
Peanut Butter/Paste4,148MTJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Raw Cane Sugar617,282MTOctober 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
723,461MTOctober 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Refined Sugar and Syrups355,264MTOctober 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
444,126MTOctober 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Blended Syrups106MTOctober 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
233MTOctober 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Articles Over 65% Sugar415MTOctober 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
451MTOctober 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Articles Over 10% Sugar18,930MTOctober 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
15,540MTOctober 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Sweetened Cocoa Powder72MTOctober 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
81MTOctober 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Chocolate Crumb12,507,343KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Lowfat Chocolate Crumb462,186KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Infant Formula Containing Oligosaccharides618,873KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Mixes and Doughs234MTOctober 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
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234MTOctober 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Mixed Condiments and Seasonings894MTOctober 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.
692MTOctober 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
Ice Cream3,206,913LitersJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Animal Feed Containing Milk1,010,198KilogramsJanuary 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.
Short Staple Cotton1,363,307KilogramsSeptember 20, 2016 to September 19, 2017.
3,376,608KilogramsSeptember 20, 2017 to September 19, 2018.
Harsh or Rough Cotton13KilogramsAugust 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
13KilogramsAugust 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.
Medium Staple Cotton0KilogramsAugust 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
0KilogramsAugust 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.
Extra Long Staple Cotton1,270,096KilogramsAugust 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
1,219,841KilogramsAugust 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018.
Cotton Waste925,273KilogramsSeptember 20, 2016 to September 19, 2017.
1,232,012KilogramsSeptember 20, 2017 to September 19, 2018.
Cotton, Processed, Not Spun51KilogramsSeptember 11, 2016 to September 10, 2017.
23,004KilogramsSeptember 11, 2017 to September 10, 2018.
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[FR Doc. 2017-12648 Filed 6-16-17; 8:45 am]

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