[Federal Register: April 12, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 70)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Office of the Secretary
USDA Reassigns Domestic Cane Sugar Allotments and Increases the
Fiscal Year 2011 Raw Sugar Tariff-Rate Quota
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture today announced a reassignment of
surplus sugar under domestic cane sugar allotments of 325,000 short
tons raw value (STRV) to imports, and increased the fiscal year (FY)
2011 raw sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) by the same amount.
DATES: Effective: April 12, 2011.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angel F. Gonzalez, Import Policies and
Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, AgStop 1021,
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250-1021; or by
telephone (202) 720-2916; or by fax to (202) 720-0876; or by e-mail to
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)
today announces the reassignment of projected surplus cane sugar
marketing allotments under the FY 2011 (October 1, 2010-September 30,
2011) Sugar Marketing Allotment Program. The FY 2011 cane sector
allotment and cane state allotments are larger than can be fulfilled by
domestically-produced cane sugar, so the surplus was reassigned to raw
sugar imports as required by law. Upon review of the domestic sugarcane
processors' sugar marketing allocations relative to their FY 2011
expected raw sugar supplies, CCC determined that all sugarcane
processors had surplus allocation. Therefore, all sugarcane states'
sugar marketing allotments are reduced with this reassignment. The new
cane state allotments are Florida, 1,856,850 STRV; Louisiana, 1,577,810
STRV; Texas, 173,016 STRV; and Hawaii, 283,216 STRV. The FY 2011 sugar
marketing allotment program will not prevent any domestic sugarcane
processors from marketing all of their FY 2011 sugar supply.
On August 5, 2010, USDA established the FY 2011 TRQ for raw cane
sugar at 1,231,497 STRV (1,117,195 metric tons raw value, MTRV*), the
minimum the United States is committed under the World Trade
Organization (WTO) Uruguay Round Agreements. Pursuant to Additional
U.S. Note 5 to Chapter 17 of the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)
and Section 359k of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as
amended, the Secretary of Agriculture today increased the quantity of
raw cane sugar imports of the HTS subject to the lower tier of duties
during FY 2011 by 325,000 STRV. With this increase, the overall FY 2011
raw sugar TRQ is now 1,556,497 STRV (1,412,030 MTRV). Raw cane sugar
under this quota must be accompanied by a certificate for quota
eligibility and may be entered under subheading 1701.11.10 of the HTS
until September 30, 2011. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
will allocate this increase among supplying countries and customs
This action is being taken after a determination that additional
supplies of raw cane sugar are required in the U.S. market. USDA will
closely monitor stocks, consumption, imports and all sugar market and
program variables on an ongoing basis, and may make further program
adjustments during FY 2011 if needed.
* Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.
Dated: April 6, 2011.
Karis T. Gutter,
Acting Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
[FR Doc. 2011-8570 Filed 4-11-11; 8:45 am]
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