Country-specific quotas for sugar exports to the United States were announced Tuesday by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). The quotas cover imported raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar and sugar-containing products for fiscal year (FY) 2014, which begins October 1, 2013.
The quotas allow countries to export specified quantities of a product to the United States at a relatively low tariff, but subject imports above those levels to a higher tariff.
The in-quota quantity on raw cane sugar for FY 2014 is 1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV). This is the minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement. Country allocations are based upon on each country’s historical shipments to the United States. The quotas are allocated on a first-come, first served basis upon receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin. Certificates for quota eligibility must accompany imports from any country to which an allocation is provided.
Quotas for refined sugar were set at 122,000 MTRV. Of that, 12,050 MTRV is allocated to Canada, and 8,294 MTRV of refined sugar will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis. Set-asides also are included for specialty sugars.
Five traches are scheduled for specialty sugars. The first trache of 1,656MTRV opens October 10 for all types of specialty sugars. The remaining traches are reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably available from domestic sources. The second trache opens October 24; the third, January 10; the fourth, April 10; and the fifth, July 10.
Raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar and sugar-containing products for FY2014 TRQs may enter the United States as of October 1, 2013.