Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: September 29, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 187)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Office of the Secretary
Determination of Total Amounts of Fiscal Year 2010 Tariff-Rate
Quotas for Raw Cane Sugar and Certain Sugars, Syrups and Molasses
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.
SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture is providing notice of the establishment of the Fiscal Year
(FY 2010) in-quota aggregate quantity of the raw, as well as, refined
and specialty sugar Tariff-Rate Quotas (TRQ) as required under the U.S.
World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. The FY 2010 raw cane sugar
TRQ is established at 1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV) that may
be entered under subheading 1701.11.10 of the U.S. Harmonized Tariff
Schedule (HTS) during FY 2010 (October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010). In
addition in-quota aggregate quantity of the refined and specialty sugar
TRQ is established at 90,039 MTRV for certain sugars, syrups, and
molasses (collectively referred to as refined sugar) that may be
entered under subheadings 1701.12.10, 1701.91.10, 1701.99.10,
1702.90.10, and 2106.90.44 of the HTS during FY 2010.
DATES: Effective Date: October 1, 2009.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angel Gonzalez, Import Policies and
Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., AgStop 1021,
Washington, DC 20250-1021; by telephone (202) 720-2916; by fax (202)
720-0876; or by e-mail email@example.com.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The provisions of paragraph (a)(i) of the
Additional U.S. Note 5, Chapter 17 in the HTS authorize the Secretary
of Agriculture to establish the in-quota TRQ amounts (expressed in
terms of raw value) for imports of raw cane sugar and certain sugars,
syrups, and molasses that may be entered under the subheadings of the
HTS subject to the lower tier of duties of the TRQs for entry during
the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2009. The Office of the U.S. Trade
Representative (USTR) is responsible for the allocation of these
quantities among supplying countries and areas.
Section 359(k) of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as
amended requires that at the beginning of the quota year the Secretary
of Agriculture establish the TRQ's for raw can sugar and refined sugars
at the minimum levels necessary to comply with obligations under
international trade agreements, with the exception of specialty sugar.
Notice is hereby given that I have determined, in accordance with
paragraph (a)(i) of the Additional U.S. Note 5, Chapter 17 in the HTS
and section 359(k) of the 1938 Act, that an aggregate quantity of up to
1,117,195 MTRV of raw cane sugar described in subheading 1701.11.10 of
the HTS may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption
during FY 2010 (October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010). This is the
minimum amount to which the United States is committed under the WTO
Uruguay Round Agreements. I have further determined that an aggregate
quantity of 90,039 MTRV of sugars, syrups, and molasses described in
subheadings 1701.12.10, 1701.91.10, 1701.99.10, 1702.90.10, and
2106.90.44 may be entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption
during FY 2010. Of this quantity of 90,039 MTRV, the quantity of 69,695
MTRV is reserved for the importation of specialty sugars as defined by
the USTR. This 90,039 MTRV quantity includes the 22,000 MTRV required
WTO minimum amount of which 1,656 MTRV is reserved for specialty sugar.
The FY 2010 specialty sugar TRQ will be opened in five tranches.
Because the specialty sugar TRQ is first-come, first-served, tranches
are needed to allow for orderly marketing throughout the year. The
first tranche, totaling 1,656 MTRV, will open October 1, 2009. All
specialty sugars are eligible for entry under this tranche. The second
tranche will open on November 10, 2009, and be equal to 25,000 MTRV.
The remaining tranches will each be equal to 14,346 MTRV, with the
third opening on January 12, 2010; the fourth, on May 17, 2010; and the
fifth, on August 24, 2010. The second, third, fourth, and fifth
tranches will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars
not currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably
available from domestic sources.
Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.
Signed at Washington, DC, the 23rd day of September 2009.
Thomas J. Vilsack,
Secretary of Agriculture.
[FR Doc. E9-23447 Filed 9-28-09; 8:45 am]