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On August 6 2009, the Mexican Ministry of Economy established two import quotas for up to 393 thousand tons of refined sugar classified under the following tariff codes of the Mexican Harmonized System: 1701.99.01, 1701.99.02 and 1701.99.99. These quotas will remain in effect from August 1 to December 31, 2009.
In accordance with the publication, the first import quota of 353.7 thousand tons may be used by the exporters of all countries. Imports of refined sugar to Mexico entering under this quota are subject to a tariff of 0.03650266 dollars per kilogram.
The second import quota can only be used to import up to 39.3 thousand tons of refined sugar duty-free originating from Nicaragua. This quota is the result of Mexico's commitments under the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and Nicaragua (FTA). In particular, Annex 2 of Article 4-04 of the FTA and Decision No. 7 of the Administrative Commission of the Agreement provides that, if in any given year Mexico needs to import sugar it shall grant to Nicaraguan exporters at least 10% of its needs.
On September 7, 2009, the Mexican authorities established two new import quotas for raw sugar classified under the following tariff codes of the Mexican Harmonized System: 1701.11.01 and 1701.11.02. These quotas will remain in effect from September to December 31, 2009.
In accordance with the publication, the first import quota of raw sugar of up to 186.3 thousand tons may be used by the exporters of all countries. Imports of this type of sugar to Mexico entering under this quota are subject to the Most Favored Nation tariff. The second import quota can only be used to import up to 20.7 thousand tons of refined sugar.
On September 18, 2009, the Mexican authorities increased in thefollowing manner the amount of refined sugar that can be imported intoMexico under the aforementioned quotas:
GTA thanks a representative of the Government of Mexico for clarifyingthe nature of this measure. Further investigation on our part confirmedthe points made to the GTA by this representative.
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