[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 176 (Thursday, September 10, 2020)]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-20065]

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Office of the Secretary

Fiscal Year 2020 Raw Cane Sugar Tariff-Rate Quota Increase and 
Extension of Entry Period

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Agriculture Department (USDA).

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture (the Secretary) is providing notice of an increase in the 
fiscal year (FY) 2020 raw cane sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) of 90,718 
metric tons raw value (MTRV) and an extension of the TRQ entry period.

DATES: The TRQ increase and extension of entry period go into effect 
September 10, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Multilateral Affairs Division, Trade Policy and Geographic 
Affairs, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 
Stop 1070, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-1070.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Souleymane Diaby, (202) 720-2916, 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 27, 2019, the Secretary established 
the FY 2020 TRQ for raw cane sugar at 1,117,195 MTRV, the minimum to 
which 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 has authority to modify the raw and refined sugar WTO TRQs. 
On April 3, 2020, the Secretary increased the FY 2020 TRQ for raw sugar 
by 317,515 MTRV. The Secretary gives notice today of an increase in the 
quantity of raw cane sugar eligible to enter at the lower rate of duty 
during FY 2020 by 90,718 MTRV. The conversion factor is 1 metric ton 
raw value equals 1.10231125 short tons raw value. With this increase, 
the overall FY 2020 raw sugar TRQ is now 1,525,428 MTRV. Raw cane sugar 
under this quota must be accompanied by a certificate for quota 
eligibility. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will 
allocate this increase among supplying countries and customs areas.
    The Secretary also today announces that all sugar entering the 
United States under the FY 2020 raw sugar TRQ will be permitted to 
enter U.S. Customs territory through October 31, 2020, a month later 
than the usual last entry date. Additional U.S. Note 5(a)(iv) of 
Chapter 17 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
provides: ``(iv) Sugar entering the United States during a quota period 
established under this note may be charged to the previous or 
subsequent quota period with the written approval of the Secretary.''
    These actions are 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 2020 if needed.

Ted A. McKinney,
Under Secretary, Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2020-20065 Filed 9-8-20; 4:15 pm]