[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 198 (Thursday, October 13, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 63538-63541]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-26480]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Office of the Secretary

7 CFR Part 6


Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota 
Licensing Regulation for the 2011 Tariff-Rate Quota Year

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This document sets forth the revised appendices to the Dairy 
Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2011 quota year 
reflecting the cumulative annual transfers from Appendix 1 to Appendix 
2 for certain dairy product import licenses permanently surrendered by 
licensees or revoked by the Licensing Authority.

DATES: Effective Date: October 13, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abdelsalam El-Farra, Dairy Import 
Licensing Program, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Stop 1021, 
Washington, DC 20250-1021; or by telephone at (202) 720-9439; or by e-
mail at: abdelsalam.el-farra@fas.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Foreign Agricultural Service, under a 
delegation of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture, administers 
the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation codified at 7 
CFR 6.20-6.37 that provides for the issuance of licenses to import 
certain dairy articles under tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) as set forth in 
the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. These dairy 
articles may only be entered into the United States at the low-tier 
tariff by or for the account of a person or firm to whom such licenses 
have been issued and only in accordance with the terms and conditions 
of the regulation.
    Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, and each license 
authorizes the license holder to import a specified quantity and type 
of dairy article from a specified country of origin. The Import 
Policies and Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, issues these licenses and, in 
conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security, monitors their use.
    The regulation at 7 CFR 6.34(a) states: ``Whenever a historical 
license (Appendix 1) is not issued to an applicant pursuant to the 
provisions of Sec.  6.23, is permanently surrendered or is revoked by 
the Licensing Authority, the

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amount of such license will be transferred to Appendix 2.'' Section 
6.34(b) provides that the cumulative annual transfers will be published 
in the Federal Register. Accordingly, this document sets forth the 
revised Appendices for the 2011 tariff-rate quota year.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 6

    Agricultural commodities, Cheese, Dairy products, Imports, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Issued at Washington, DC, the 22nd day of September 2011.
Ronald Lord,
Licensing Authority.
    Accordingly, 7 CFR part 6 is amended as follows:

PART 6--IMPORT QUOTAS AND FEES

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1. The authority citation for part 6, Subpart--Dairy Tariff-Rate Import 
Quota Licensing continues to read as follows:

     Authority:  Additional U.S. Notes 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16-23 and 25 
to Chapter 4 and General Note 15 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule 
of the United States (19 U.S.C. 1202), Pub. L. 97-258, 96 Stat. 
1051, as amended (31 U.S.C. 9701), and secs. 103 and 404, Pub. L. 
103-465, 108 Stat. 4819 (19 U.S.C. 3513 and 3601).


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2. Appendices 1, 2 and 3 to Subpart--Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota 
Licensing are revised to read as follows:

Appendices 1-3 to Subpart--Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing

  Articles Subject to: Appendix 1, Historical Licenses; Appendix 2, Nonhistorical Licenses; and Appendix 3, Designated Importer Licenses for Quota Year
                                                                          2011
                                                                [Quantities in kilograms]
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                                                                                                                    Appendix 3              Harmonized
  Article by additional U.S. note number and country of     Appendix 1      Appendix 2        Sum of     --------------------------------     tariff
                         origin                                                           Appendix 1 & 2     Tokyo R.       Uruguay R.       schedule
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                                                                   NON-CHEESE ARTICLES
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BUTTER (G-NOTE 6).......................................       5,096,498       1,880,502       6,977,000  ..............  ..............       6,977,000
    EU-25...............................................          75,459          20,702          96,161  ..............  ..............  ..............
    New Zealand.........................................         110,045          40,548         150,593  ..............  ..............  ..............
    Other Countries.....................................          43,017          30,918          73,935  ..............  ..............  ..............
    Any Country.........................................       4,867,977       1,788,334       6,656,311  ..............  ..............  ..............
DRIED SKIM MILK (K-NOTE 7)..............................  ..............       5,261,000       5,261,000  ..............  ..............       5,261,000
    Australia...........................................  ..............         600,076         600,076  ..............  ..............  ..............
    Canada..............................................  ..............         219,565         219,565  ..............  ..............  ..............
    Any Country.........................................  ..............       4,441,359       4,441,359  ..............  ..............  ..............
DRIED WHOLE MILK (H-NOTE 8).............................           3,175       3,318,125       3,321,300  ..............  ..............       3,321,300
    New Zealand.........................................           3,175  ..............           3,175  ..............  ..............  ..............
    Any Country.........................................  ..............       3,318,125       3,318,125  ..............  ..............  ..............
DRIED BUTTERMILK/WHEY (M-NOTE 12).......................  ..............         224,981         224,981  ..............  ..............         224,981
    Canada..............................................  ..............         161,161         161,161  ..............  ..............  ..............
    New Zealand.........................................  ..............          63,820          63,820  ..............  ..............  ..............
BUTTER SUBSTITUTES CONTAINING OVER 45 PERCENT OF          ..............       6,080,500       6,080,500  ..............  ..............       6,080,500
 BUTTERFAT AND/OR BUTTER OIL (SU-NOTE 14)...............
    Any Country.........................................  ..............       6,080,500       6,080,500  ..............  ..............  ..............
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        TOTAL: NON-CHEESE ARTICLES......................       5,099,673      16,765,108      21,864,781  ..............  ..............      21,864,781
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                                                                     CHEESE ARTICLES
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CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE (EXCEPT: SOFT RIPENED       21,557,089       9,912,642      31,469,731       9,661,128       7,496,000      48,626,859
 COW'S MILK CHEESE; CHEESE NOT CONTAINING COW'S MILK;
 CHEESE (EXCEPT COTTAGE CHEESE) CONTAINING 0.5 PERCENT
 OR LESS BY WEIGHT OF BUTTERFAT; AND, ARTICLES WITHIN
 THE SCOPE OF OTHER IMPORT QUOTAS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS
 SUBCHAPTER) (OT-NOTE 16)...............................
    Argentina...........................................           7,690  ..............           7,690          92,310  ..............         100,000
    Australia...........................................         535,628           5,542         541,170         758,830       1,750,000       3,050,000
    Canada..............................................       1,013,777         127,223       1,141,000  ..............  ..............       1,141,000
    Costa Rica..........................................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............       1,550,000       1,550,000
    EU-25...............................................      15,775,975       7,491,681      23,267,656       1,132,568       3,446,000      27,846,224
        Of which Portugal is............................          65,838          63,471         129,309         223,691  ..............         353,000
    Israel..............................................          79,696  ..............          79,696         593,304  ..............         673,000
    Iceland.............................................         294,000  ..............         294,000          29,000  ..............         323,000
    New Zealand.........................................       2,964,645       1,850,827       4,815,472       6,506,528  ..............      11,322,000
    Norway..............................................         124,982          25,018         150,000  ..............  ..............         150,000
    Switzerland.........................................         593,952          77,460         671,412         548,588         500,000       1,720,000
    Uruguay.............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............         250,000         250,000
    Other Countries.....................................         100,906         100,729         201,635  ..............  ..............         201,635

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Any Country.............................................  ..............         300,000         300,000  ..............  ..............         300,000
BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (EXCEPT STILTON PRODUCED IN THE UNITED        2,285,946         195,055       2,481,001  ..............         430,000       2,911,001
 KINGDOM) AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE
 CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (B-NOTE
 17)....................................................
    Argentina...........................................           2,000  ..............           2,000  ..............  ..............           2,000
    EU-25...............................................       2,283,946         195,054       2,479,000  ..............         350,000       2,829,000
    Chile...............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............          80,000          80,000
    Other Countries.....................................  ..............               1               1  ..............  ..............               1
CHEDDAR CHEESE, AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE          2,799,576       1,484,280       4,283,856         519,033       7,620,000      12,422,889
 CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, CHEDDAR CHEESE (C-NOTE
 18)....................................................
    Australia...........................................         902,462          82,037         984,499         215,501       1,250,000       2,450,000
    Chile...............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............         220,000         220,000
    EU-25...............................................          52,404         210,596         263,000  ..............       1,050,000       1,313,000
    New Zealand.........................................       1,742,165       1,054,303       2,796,468         303,532       5,100,000       8,200,000
    Other Countries.....................................         102,545          37,344         139,889  ..............  ..............         139,889
    Any Country.........................................  ..............         100,000         100,000  ..............  ..............         100,000
AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE, INCLUDING COLBY, WASHED CURD AND         2,711,009         454,544       3,165,553         357,003  ..............       3,522,556
 GRANULAR CHEESE (BUT NOT INCLUDING CHEDDAR) AND CHEESE
 AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING OR PROCESSED FROM
 SUCH AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE (A-NOTE 19)..................
    Australia...........................................         771,136         109,862         880,998         119,002  ..............       1,000,000
    EU-25...............................................         149,683         204,317         354,000  ..............  ..............         354,000
    New Zealand.........................................       1,639,549         122,450       1,761,999         238,001  ..............       2,000,000
    Other Countries.....................................         150,641          17,915         168,556  ..............  ..............         168,556
EDAM AND GOUDA CHEESE, AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR          5,128,658         477,744       5,606,402  ..............       1,210,000       6,816,402
 CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, EDAM AND GOUDA
 CHEESE (E-NOTE 20).....................................
    Argentina...........................................         110,495          14,505         125,000  ..............         110,000         235,000
    EU-25...............................................       4,899,083         389,917       5,289,000  ..............       1,100,000       6,389,000
    Norway..............................................         114,318          52,682         167,000  ..............  ..............         167,000
    Other Countries.....................................           4,762          20,640          25,402  ..............  ..............          25,402
ITALIAN-TYPE CHEESES, MADE FROM COW'S MILK, (ROMANO MADE       6,404,899       1,115,648       7,520,547         795,517       5,165,000      13,481,064
 FROM COW'S MILK, REGGIANO, PARMESAN, PROVOLONE,
 PROVOLETTI, SBRINZ, AND GOYA-NOT IN ORIGINAL LOAVES)
 AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR
 PROCESSED FROM, SUCH ITALIAN-TYPE CHEESES, WHETHER OR
 NOT IN ORIGINAL LOAVES (D-NOTE 21).....................
    Argentina...........................................       3,913,007         212,476       4,125,483         367,517       1,890,000       6,383,000
    EU-25...............................................       2,491,892         890,108       3,382,000  ..............       2,025,000       5,407,000
    Romania.............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ..............         500,000         500,000
    Uruguay.............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............         428,000         750,000       1,178,000
    Other Countries.....................................  ..............          13,064          13,064  ..............  ..............          13,064
SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE OTHER THAN WITH EYE                5,325,713       1,325,601       6,651,314         823,519         380,000       7,854,833
 FORMATION, GRUYERE-PROCESS CHEESE AND CHEESE AND
 SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM,
 SUCH CHEESES (GR-NOTE 22)..............................

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    EU-25...............................................       4,056,523       1,095,471       5,151,994         393,006         380,000       5,925,000
    Switzerland.........................................       1,235,692         183,795       1,419,487         430,513  ..............       1,850,000
    Other Countries.....................................          33,498          46,335          79,833  ..............  ..............          79,833
CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE, CONTAINING 0.5              1,842,566       2,582,342       4,424,918       1,050,000  ..............       5,474,908
 PERCENT OR LESS BY WEIGHT OF BUTTERFAT (EXCEPT ARTICLES
 WITHIN THE SCOPE OF OTHER TARIFF-RATE QUOTAS PROVIDED
 FOR IN THIS SUBCHAPTER), AND MARGARINE CHEESE (LF-NOTE
 23)....................................................
    EU-25...............................................       1,842,566       2,582,341       4,424,907  ..............  ..............       4,424,907
    Israel..............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............          50,000  ..............          50,000
    New Zealand.........................................  ..............  ..............  ..............       1,000,000  ..............       1,000,000
    Other Countries.....................................  ..............               1               1  ..............  ..............               1
SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE WITH EYE FORMATION (SW-NOTE       15,607,214       6,690,117      22,297,331       9,557,945       2,620,000      34,475,276
 25)....................................................
    Argentina...........................................  ..............           9,115           9,115          70,885  ..............          80,000
    Australia...........................................         209,698  ..............         209,698         290,302  ..............         500,000
    Canada..............................................  ..............  ..............  ..............          70,000  ..............          70,000
    EU-25...............................................      11,186,762       5,290,066      16,476,828       4,003,172       2,420,000      22,900,000
    Iceland.............................................         149,999  ..............         149,999         150,001  ..............         300,000
    Israel..............................................          27,000  ..............          27,000  ..............  ..............          27,000
    Norway..............................................       3,187,264         468,046       3,655,310       3,227,690  ..............       6,883,000
    Switzerland.........................................         786,906         897,199       1,684,105       1,745,895         200,000       3,630,000
    Other Countries.....................................          59,585          25,691          85,276  ..............  ..............          85,276
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        TOTAL: CHEESE ARTICLES..........................      63,662,670      24,237,973      87,900,653      22,764,145      24,921,000     135,585,788
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            TOTAL: CHEESE ARTICLES & NON-CHEESE ARTICLES      68,762,343      41,003,081  ..............      22,764,145      24,921,000     157,450,569
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