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.
|April 2021||Chile||B-Blue Mold||17||100%|
|May 2021||New Zealand||C-Cheddar||18||100%|
|June 2021||Israel||LF-Lowfat Cheese||23||100%|
|August 2021||Uruguay||D-Italian Type Cheese||21||59%|
|August 2021||Costa Rica||OT-NSPF||16||100%|
|August 2021||Australia||A-American Type Cheese||19||100%|
|August 2021||Norway||E-Edam and Gouda Cheese||20||100%|