Dairy Import Licensing Program
Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system for U.S. imports of dairy products. For dairy products subject to TRQs, importers are generally required to obtain a license from FAS to take advantage of low-tier tariff rate. Importers must apply for a license annually between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15.
Under the TRQs, the low-tier rate applies to imports up to a specified quantity. A high-tier rate applies to any imports in excess of that amount. No license is required to import products at the high-tier rate, to import products for an agency of the U.S. government, or to import products for personal use, as long as net weight does not exceed 5 kilograms (11 pounds) in any one shipment.
TRQs replaced Section 22 import quotas for dairy products on Jan. 1, 1995, as a result of the Uruguay Round Agreement. TRQ rates and quantities vary by product.
|Apr-23||Iceland||Swiss or Emmenthaler Cheese with Eye Formation||25||100|
|Apr-23||Iceland||Cheese and Substitutes for Cheese||16||100|
|Apr-23||Costa Rica||Cheese and Substitutes for Cheese||16||100|
|Apr-23||New Zealand||Cheese and Substitutes for Cheese||16||100|
|Apr-23||New Zealand||Cheddar Cheese||18||100|
|May-23||Chile||Blue Mold Cheese||17||100|
|May-23||Australia||American Type Cheese||19||100|
|May-23||Australia||Cheese and Substitutes for Cheese||16||100|
|May-23||Australia||Swiss or Emmenthaler Cheese with Eye Formation||25||100|
|Jul-23||Uruguay||Italian Type Cheese||21||64|
|Aug-23||Israel||Cheese and Substitutes for Cheese||16||100|
|Aug-23||Argentina||Swiss or Emmenthaler Cheese with Eye Formation||25||100|
|Aug-23||Argentina||Cheese and Substitutes for Cheese||16||100|
|Aug-23||Argentina||Edam and Gouda Cheese||20||100|
|Aug-23||Norway||Edam and Gouda Cheese||20||100|
Agricultural Trade License Administration System (ATLAS)
The ATLAS portal allows U.S. dairy importers to manage their licenses and information.