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Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2020 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 U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is announcing the country-by-country reallocations of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.

DATES:

This notice is applicable on February 7, 2020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dylan Daniels, Office of Agricultural Affairs at 202-395-6095 or Dylan.T.Daniels@ustr.eop.gov.

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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 (HTSUS), 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 U.S. Trade Representative under Presidential Proclamation 6763 (60 FR 1007).

On June 27, 2019, the Secretary of Agriculture established the FY 2020 TRQ for imported raw cane sugar at the minimum to which the United States committed pursuant to the WTO Uruguay Round Agreements (1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV)). On July 15, 2019, USTR provided notice of country-by-country allocations of the FY 2020 in-quota quantity of the WTO TRQ for imported raw cane sugar. Based on consultation with quota holders, USTR has determined to reallocate 78,071 MTRV of the original TRQ quantity from those countries that stated they do not plan to fill their FY 2020 allocated raw cane sugar quantities. USTR is allocating the 78,071 MTRV to the following countries in the amounts specified below:

CountryFY 2020 raw sugar unused reallocation (MTRV)
Argentina4,006
Australia7,733
Barbados652
Belize1,025
Bolivia745
Brazil13,509
Colombia2,236
Costa Rica1,397
Dominican Republic16,397
Ecuador1,025
El Salvador2,422
Eswatini (Swaziland)1,490
Fiji838
Guatemala4,472
Guyana1,118
Honduras932
India745
Jamaica1,025
Malawi932
Mauritius1,118
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Mozambique1,211
Nicaragua1,956
Panama2,702
Peru3,820
South Africa2,143
Thailand1,304
Zimbabwe1,118

USTR based these allocations 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 and certificates for 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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Gregory Doud,

Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative.

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[FR Doc. 2020-02411 Filed 2-6-20; 8:45 am]

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