U.S.T.R. reallocates 2013-14 sugar imports

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Trade Representative on July 3 reallocated to other countries 99,290 tonnes, raw value, of World Trade Organization tariff rate quota for imported raw cane sugar from countries that indicated they could not fill their previously allocated quantities.

The 2013-14 (fiscal 2014) T.R.Q. was not increased because of the reallocations.

The quantities were reallocated at follows: Dominican Republic, 18,512 tonnes; Brazil, 15,251 tonnes; Philippines, 14,199 tonnes; Australia, 8,730 tonnes; Guatemala, 5,049 tonnes; Argentina, 4,523 tonnes; Peru, 4,312 tonnes; Panama, 3,050 tonnes; El Salvador, 2,735 tonnes; Colombia, 2,524 tonnes; South Africa, 2,419 tonnes; Nicaragua, 2,209 tonnes; Swaziland, 1,683 tonnes; Costa Rica, 1,578 tonnes; Thailand, 1,473 tonnes; Mozambique, 1,367 tonnes; Guyana, 1,262 tonnes; Zimbabwe, 1,262 tonnes; Belize, 1,157 tonnes; Ecuador, 1,157 tonnes; Jamaica, 1,157 tonnes; Honduras, 1,052 tonnes; Fiji, 947 tonnes; Bolivia, 841 tonnes; and India, 841 tonnes.

The U.S.T.R. said the allocations were based on countries’ historical shipments. Net importers must verify sugar origin and certificates of quota eligibility must accompany all shipments.

The U.S.T.R. action follows the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corp. reassignment of domestic cane and beet sugar allotments for fiscal 2014 announced May 30.

“C.C.C. has determined that the cane sugar sector is not expected to fill at least 550,000 short tons, raw value, of its assigned maximum limits, and that none of the processors within Florida, Louisiana and Texas require additional limits. C.C.C. therefore has reassigned an allocation of 29,501 tons to the lone Hawaiian cane processor, with the remaining unused limit for the entire cane sector of 550,000 tons reassigned to estimated imports of raw cane sugar.”

The C.C.C. said it also redistributed unused limits from beet sugar processors to beet sugar processors needing more limits. The remaining unused limit for the entire beet sector was 100,000 tons, which also was reassigned to estimated imports of raw cane sugar.

Those reassignments also did not increase the overall sugar supply or imports, the U.S.D.A. said at the time.
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