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Adjustment of Appendices Under the Dairy Tariff-Rate Quota Import Licensing Regulation for the 2019 Tariff-Rate Quota Year

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AGENCY:

Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

This notice announces the transfer of amounts for certain dairy articles from the historical license category (Appendix 1) to the lottery (nonhistorical) license category (Appendix 2) pursuant to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Quota Import Licensing regulations, 7 CFR part 6, for the 2019 quota year.

DATES:

August 8, 2019.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Abdelsalam El-Farra, (202) 720-9439; abdelsalam.el-farra@fas.usda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Foreign Agricultural Service, under a delegation of authority from the Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, administers the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation codified at 7 CFR 6.20-6.36 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 (HTS) 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 that whenever a historical license is permanently surrendered, revoked by the Licensing Authority, or not issued to an applicant pursuant to the provisions of 6.23, then the amount of such license will be transferred to Appendix 2. Section 6.34(b) provides that the cumulative annual transfers will be published by notice in the Federal Register. Accordingly, this document sets forth the revised Appendices for the 2019 tariff-rate quota year in the table below. Although there are no changes to the quantities for designated licenses (Appendix 3 and Appendix 4) nor to the total amount for each article, those numbers are also included in the table below for completeness.

Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this rule as not a major rule, as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

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Dated: August 2, 2019.

Ronald Lord,

Licensing Authority.

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Articles Subject to Dairy Import Licenses for Calendar Year 2019

[Kilograms] 1

Historical licenses (Appendix 1) 2Lottery licenses (Appendix 2) 3Sum of Appendix 1 & 2 4Designated licenses (Tokyo Round, Appendix 3) 4Designated licenses (Uruguay Round, Appendix 4) 4Total 4
Non-cheese articles, notes 6, 7, 8, 12, 14 (appendix 1 reduction)
Butter (Note 6, Commodity Code G) (−1,773 kg)4,301,4612,675,5396,977,0006,977,000
EU-2762,59933,56296,161
New Zealand76,50374,090150,593
Other Countries (−1,773 kg)35,38238,55373,935
Any Country4,126,9772,529,3346,656,311
Dried Skim Milk (Note 7, Commodity Code K)05,261,0005,261,0005,261,000
Australia0600,076600,076
Canada0219,565219,565
Any Country04,441,3594,441,359
Dried Whole Milk (Note 8, Commodity Code H)03,321,3003,321,3003,321,300
New Zealand03,1753,175
Any Country03,318,1253,318,125
Dried Buttermilk/Whey (Note 12, Commodity Code M)0224,981224,981224,981
Canada0161,161161,161
New Zealand063,82063,820
Butter Substitutes Containing Over 45 Percent of Butterfat and/or Butter Oil (Note 14, Commodity Code SU)06,080,5006,080,5006,080,500
Any Country06,080,5006,080,500
Total: Non-Cheese Articles (−1,773 kg)4,301,46117,563,32021,864,78121,864,781
Cheese Articles (Notes 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 25):
Cheese and Substitutes for Cheese (Note 16, Commodity Code OT) (−2,142 kg)17,613,58313,856,14831,469,7319,661,1287,496,00048,626,859
Argentina07,6907,69092,310100,000
Australia535,6285,542541,170758,8301,750,0003,050,000
Canada950,162190,8381,141,0001,141,000
Costa Rica0001,550,0001,550,000
EU-27 (−2,142 kg)13,932,0939,335,56323,267,6561,132,5683,446,00027,846,224
Of which Portugal is:65,83863,471129,309223,691353,000
EU-27 not including Portugal (−2,142 kg)13,866,2559,272,09223,138,347908,8773,466,00027,493,224
Israel79,696079,696593,304673,000
Iceland29,054264,946294,00029,000323,000
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New Zealand1,351,0003,464,4724,815,4726,506,52811,322,000
Norway122,86027,140150,000150,000
Switzerland512,184159,228671,412548,588500,0001,720,000
Uruguay000250,000250,000
Other Countries100,906100,729201,635201,635
Any Country0300,000300,000300,000
Blue-Mold Cheese (Note 17, Commodity Code B)1,933,126547,8752,481,001430,0002,911,001
Argentina2,00002,0002,000
EU-271,931,126547,8742,479,000350,0002,829,000
Chile00080,00080,000
Other Countries0111
Cheddar Cheese (Note 18, Commodity Code C)(−4,676 kg)2,300,9951,982,8614,283,856519,0337,620,00012,422,889
Australia (−4,676 kg)886,57097,929984,499215,5011,250,0002,450,000
Chile000220,000220,000
EU-2752,404210,596263,0001,050,0001,313,000
New Zealand1,265,0701,531,3982,796,468303,5325,100,0008,200,000
Other Countries96,95142,938139,889139,889
Any Country0100,000100,000100,000
American-Type Cheese (Note 19, Commodity Code A) (−17,442 kg)1,165,1272,000,4263,165,553357,00303,522,556
Australia (−3,689 kg)758,201122,797880,998119,0021,000,000
EU-27136,075217,925354,000354,000
New Zealand (−9,070 kg)167,7951,594,2041,761,999238,0012,000,000
Other Countries (−4,683 kg)103,05665,500168,556168,556
Edam and Gouda Cheese (Note 20, Commodity Code E)4,286,9171,319,4855,606,40201,210,0006,816,402
Argentina105,41819,582125,000110,000235,000
EU-274,065,6911,223,3095,289,0001,100,0006,389,000
Norway111,04655,954167,000167,000
Other Countries4,76220,64025,40225,402
Italian-Type Cheeses (Note 21, Commodity Code D)(−2,288 kg)6,104,8961,415,6517,520,547795,5175,165,00013,481,064
Argentina3,692,345433,1384,125,483367,5171,890,0006,383,000
EU-27 (−2,288 kg)2,412,551969,4493,382,0002,025,0005,407,000
Romania000500,000500,000
Uruguay000428,000750,0001,178,000
Other Countries013,06413,06413,064
Swiss or Emmenthaler Cheese (Note 22, Commodity Code GR)4,238,0062,413,3086,651,314823,519380,0007,854,833
EU-272,983,7222,168,2725,151,994393,006380,0005,925,000
Switzerland1,220,786198,7011,419,487430,5131,850,000
Other Countries33,49846,33579,83379,833
Lowfat Cheese (Note 23, Commodity Code LF)1,173,7663,251,1424,424,9081,050,00005,474,908
EU-271,173,7663,251,1414,424,9074,424,907
Israel00050,00050,000
New Zealand0001,000,0001,000,000
Other Countries0111
Swiss or Emmenthaler Cheese With Eye Formation (Note 25, SW) (−13,091 kg)13,091,8489,205,48322,297,3319,557,9452,620,00034,475,276
Argentina09,1159,11570,88580,000
Australia209,6980209,698290,302500,000
Canada00070,00070,000
EU-27 (−13,091 kg)9,762,1996,714,62916,476,8284,003,1722,420,00022,900,000
Iceland0149,999149,999150,001300,000
Israel27,000027,00027,000
Norway2,285,3291,369,9813,655,3103,227,6906,883,000
Switzerland759,369924,7361,684,1051,745,895200,0003,630,000
Other Countries48,25337,02385,27685,276
Total: Cheese Articles (−39,639 kg)51,908,26435,992,37987,900,64322,764,14524,921,000135,585,788
Total: Cheese & Non-Cheese (−41,412 kg)56,209,72553,555,699109,765,42422,764,14524,921,000157,450,569
1 Source of the total TRQs is the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule, Chapter 4, in the corresponding Additional U.S. Notes.
2 Reduced from 2018 by total of 107,200 KG.
3 Increased from 2018 by total of 107,200 KG.
4 No change.
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[FR Doc. 2019-16933 Filed 8-7-19; 8:45 am]

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