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Fiscal Year 2020 Allocation of Additional Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar and Refined Sugar

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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 the allocations of additional Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 in-quota quantities of the tariff-rate quotas (TRQ) for imported raw cane and refined sugars as announced by the Secretary of Agriculture on April 3, 2020.

DATES:

This notice is applicable on April 9, 2020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Erin Nicholson, Office of Agricultural Affairs, at (202) 395-9419 or Erin.H.Nicholson@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 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 United States Trade Representative under Presidential Proclamation 6763 (60 FR 1007, January 4, 1995).

On April 3, 2020, the Secretary of Agriculture announced an additional in-quota quantity of the TRQ for raw cane sugar for the remainder of FY 2020 (ending September 30, 2020) in the amount of 317,515 metric tons raw value (MTRV). See 85 FR 18913. The conversion factor is 1 metric ton equals 1.10231125 short tons. This quantity is in addition to the minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization Uruguay Round Agreements (1,117,195 MTRV). USTR is allocating this additional quantity of 317,515 MTRV to the following countries in the amounts specified below:

CountryFY 2020 raw sugar TRQ increase allocation (MTRV)
Argentina19,185
Australia37,032
Barbados3,123
Belize4,908
Bolivia3,569
Brazil64,694
Colombia10,708
Costa Rica6,692
DR30,000
Ecuador4,908
El Salvador11,600
Eswatini (Swaziland)7,139
Fiji4,015
Guatemala21,417
Guyana5,354
Honduras4,462
India3,569
Malawi4,462
Mauritius5,354
Mozambique5,800
Nicaragua9,369
Panama10,000
Peru18,293
South Africa10,262
Thailand6,246
Zimbabwe5,354
Total317,515

USTR based these allocations on the countries' historical shipments to the United States. The allocations 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.

The Secretary of Agriculture also announced an increase in the FY 2020 refined sugar TRQ of 181,437 MTRV. USTR is allocating 5,000 MTRV of the additional quantity to Canada and the rest of the increase (176,437 MTRV) to the global tariff-rate quota, which may be supplied by any country on a first-come, first-served basis in seven tranches as follows:

MonthDayFY 2020 refined sugar TRQ increased allocation (MTRV)
April1395,000
April2720,000
May1115,000
May1812,000
June112,000
June1512,000
June2910,437

No certificate for quota eligibility is required for sugar entering under the global TRQ for refined sugar.

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Gregory Doud,

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

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[FR Doc. 2020-07502 Filed 4-8-20; 8:45 am]

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