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Fiscal Year 2019 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products

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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 allocations of the Fiscal Year 2019 (Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019) in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar.

DATES:

This notice is applicable on July 18, 2018.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dylan Daniels, Office of Agricultural Affairs, at 202-395-6095.

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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 tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for imports of raw cane 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 U.S. Trade Representative under Presidential Proclamation 6763 (60 FR 1007).

On June 29, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) announced the sugar program provisions for Fiscal Year 2019. The Secretary announced an in-quota quantity of the TRQ for raw cane sugar for Fiscal Year 2019 of 1,117,195 metric tons (conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons) raw value (MTRV), which is the minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreements. USTR is allocating this quantity (1,117,195 MTRV) to the following countries in the amounts specified below:

CountryFiscal year 2019 raw cane sugar allocations (MTRV)
Argentina45,281
Australia87,402
Barbados7,371
Belize11,584
Bolivia8,424
Brazil152,691
Colombia25,273
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Congo7,258
Costa Rica15,796
Cote d'Ivoire7,258
Dominican Republic185,335
Ecuador11,584
El Salvador27,379
Fiji9,477
Gabon7,258
Guatemala50,546
Guyana12,636
Haiti7,258
Honduras10,530
India8,424
Jamaica11,584
Madagascar7,258
Malawi10,530
Mauritius12,636
Mexico7,258
Mozambique13,690
Nicaragua22,114
Panama30,538
Papua New Guinea7,258
Paraguay7,258
Peru43,175
Philippines142,160
South Africa24,220
St. Kitts & Nevis7,258
Swaziland16,849
Taiwan12,636
Thailand14,743
Trinidad & Tobago7,371
Uruguay7,258
Zimbabwe12,636

These allocations are based on the countries' historical shipments to the United States. The allocations of the in-quota quantities of the raw cane sugar TRQ to countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin, and certificates for quota eligibility must accompany imports from any country for which an allocation has been provided. Raw cane sugar for Fiscal Year 2019 TRQs may enter the United States as of October 1, 2018.

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Robert Lighthizer,

United States Trade Representative.

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[FR Doc. 2018-15266 Filed 7-17-18; 8:45 am]

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