ANNOUNCEMENT 11 May 2010In May 2010, the government of the United States of America announced a change in import tariff quotas.
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In a Federal Register notice'1' published on May 11, 2010 and effective that same date, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) allocated additional sugar quotas for Fiscal Year 2010 (FY 2010) among the quota recipients Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.
This announcement was in turn based upon an earlier determination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2010,'2' in which the USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation announced that the FY 2010 cane sector allotment and cane state allotments are larger than can be fulfilled by domestically produced cane sugar. The USDA therefore provided for an additional in-quota quantity of the FY 2010 tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar for the remainder of FY 2010 (ending September 30, 2010) in the amount of 181,437 metric tones raw value.
It then fell to the USTR to allocate this additional amount among the countries that share in the U.S. sugar TRQ. The USTR made the specific allocations on the basis of consultations with quota holders and on the countries' historical shipments to the United States. The USTR stressed in its own Federal Register notice, and also reported to the WTO,'3' that 'This quantity is in addition to the minimum amount to which the United States is committed pursuant to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreements' (i.e., 1,117,195 metric tons).
'3' Correspondence of May 31, 2010 from the Permanent Delegation of the United States to the WTO, as cited in WTO, Trade Policy Review Body, Report to the TPRB from the Director-General on Trade-Related Developments (WTO document WT/TPR/OV/W/3 of June 14, 2010), page 75.