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USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Regulation for Dairy Import Licensing Program

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2010—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) today announced that it is seeking comments on a proposed regulation that would temporarily suspend reduction provisions on certain licenses of the Dairy Import Licensing Program.

Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system for U.S. imports of dairy products. For dairy products subject to TRQs, an import license from FAS is generally required to bring in items at the low-tier tariff rate. Some licensees have not been able to import the full amounts of certain licensed items because of changes in cheese production and consumption. The proposed regulation would allow licensees to maintain their current license amounts without having their license amount reduced. No license is required to import products at the high-tier tariff rate.

Comments on the proposed regulation must be received on or before Nov. 12, 2010. The request for public comments is published in the Oct. 13, 2010, Federal Register and may be accessed on the Web at

Comments concerning this proposed rule may be emailed to; faxed to (202) 720-0876; submitted by courier to Ron Lord, IPERD/FAS/USDA, 4th Floor, 1250 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024; or mailed to Ron Lord, IPERD/FAS/USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, STOP 1021, Washington, DC 20250-1021.

For more information contact Salam El-Farra at (202) 720-9439.

Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).



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