On July 25, 2017, the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published in the Federal Register a notice of an increase in the fiscal year (FY) 2017 raw cane sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) of 244,690 metric tons raw value (MTRV) [Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons]. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will allocate this increase among supplying countries and customs areas.
USDA also announced that all sugar entering the United States under the FY 2017 raw sugar TRQ will be permitted to enter U.S. Customs territory through October 31, 2017, a month later than the usual last entry date. Additional U.S. Note 5(a)(iv) to Chapter 17 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to permit sugar allocated under a given quota year to be entered in previous or subsequent quota year. 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 2017 if needed.