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USDA Establishes Fiscal Year 2011 Tariff-rate Quotas for Raw, Refined, and Specialty Sugar

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the establishment of the raw and refined and specialty sugar import tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) for fiscal year 2011 (October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011).

The fiscal year 2011 import TRQ for raw sugar will be established at 1,231,497 short tons raw value (STRV), the minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreements. The fiscal year 2011 refined and specialty sugar TRQ will be established at 109,251 STRV. This amount includes the WTO minimum amount of 24,251 STRV, of which 1,825 STRV is reserved for specialty sugar, as well as an additional specialty sugar amount of 85,000 STRV to accommodate a rapidly expanding organic food sector. The refined and specialty sugar TRQ is reserved for sugar whose content of sucrose by weight, in the dry state, corresponds to a polarimeter reading of 99.5 degrees or more. The TRQs will be established in the Federal Register. This announcement does not include quantities of sugar that may enter the United States under applicable market access provisions of free trade agreements.

USDA will administer the fiscal year 2011 specialty sugar portion of the refined and specialty sugar TRQ (86,825 STRV) in five tranches. Because this portion of the TRQ will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, tranches are needed to allow for orderly marketing throughout the year. The first tranche, totaling 1,825 STRV, will open on Oct. 20, 2010. All specialty sugars are eligible for entry under this tranche. The second tranche will open on Nov. 10, 2010, and be equal to 30,314 STRV. The remaining three tranches each will be equal to 18,229 STRV, with the third tranche opening on Jan. 12, 2011; the fourth, on May 18, 2011; and the fifth, on Aug. 24, 2011. The second, third, fourth, and fifth tranches will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably available from domestic sources.

The authority for establishing these TRQs under the WTO is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, Chapter 17, Additional U.S. Note 5. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will subsequently announce the country allocations of these TRQs.

USDA will announce other parameters of the fiscal year 2011 sugar program, needed for the Sugar Marketing Allotment Program and the Feedstock Flexibility Program, before the start of fiscal year 2011 on October 1, 2010. USDA will closely monitor stocks, consumption, imports, and all sugar market and program variables on an ongoing basis and appropriate adjustments will be made to sugar program parameters to ensure an adequate supply of sugar for the domestic market.

For further information on imports, contact Angel Gonzalez of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service by e-mail: Angel.F.Gonzalez@fas.usda.gov or (202) 720-2916.

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