[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 166 (Monday, August 27, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 51681-51684]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-20943]



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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 2012 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 2012 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: August 27, 2012.

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 
email 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 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 2012 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 13th day of July, 2012.
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 2012
                                            [Quantities in kilograms]
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                                                              Sum of           Appendix 3           Harmonized
Article by additional U.S. Note   Appendix 1   Appendix 2    Appendix  --------------------------     tariff
   No. and country of  origin                                  1&2        Tokyo R.    Uruguay R.     schedule
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                                               NON-CHEESE ARTICLES
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BUTTER (G-NOTE 6)..............    4,733,992    2,243,008    6,977,000  ...........  ...........       6,977,000
    EU-25......................       75,000       21,161       96,161  ...........  ...........  ..............
    New Zealand................      110,045       40,548      150,593  ...........  ...........  ..............
    Other Countries............       41,970       31,965       73,935  ...........  ...........  ..............
    Any Country................    4,506,977    2,149,334    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    ...........      224,981      224,981  ...........  ...........         224,981
 12)...........................

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    Canada.....................  ...........      161,161      161,161  ...........  ...........  ..............
    New Zealand................  ...........       63,820       63,820  ...........  ...........  ..............
BUTTER SUBSTITUTES CONTAINING    ...........    6,080,500    6,080,500  ...........  ...........       6,080,500
 OVER 45 PERCENT OF BUTTERFAT
 AND/OR BUTTER OIL (SU-NOTE 14)
    Any Country................  ...........    6,080,500    6,080,500  ...........  ...........  ..............
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        TOTAL: NON-CHEESE          4,737,167   17,127,614   21,864,781  ...........  ...........      21,864,781
         ARTICLES..............
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                                                 CHEESE ARTICLES
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CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR        21,419,738   10,049,993   31,469,731    9,661,128    7,496,000      48,626,859
 CHEESE (EXCEPT: SOFT RIPENED
 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            0        7,690       92,310  ...........         100,000
    Australia..................      535,628        5,542      541,170      758,830    1,750,000       3,050,000
    Canada.....................      977,439      163,561    1,141,000  ...........  ...........       1,141,000
    Costa Rica.................  ...........            0  ...........  ...........    1,550,000       1,550,000
    EU-25......................   15,729,427    7,538,229   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            0       79,696      593,304  ...........         673,000
    Iceland....................      294,000            0      294,000       29,000  ...........         323,000
    New Zealand................    2,910,180    1,905,292    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....................  ...........            0  ...........  ...........      250,000         250,000
    Other Countries............      100,906      100,729      201,635  ...........  ...........         201,635
    Any Country................  ...........      300,000      300,000  ...........  ...........         300,000
BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (EXCEPT           2,283,646      197,355    2,481,001  ...........      430,000       2,911,001
 STILTON PRODUCED IN THE UNITED
 KINGDOM) AND CHEESE AND
 SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE
 CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM,
 BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (B-NOTE 17)..
    Argentina..................        2,000            0        2,000  ...........  ...........           2,000
    EU-25......................    2,281,646      197,354    2,479,000  ...........      350,000       2,829,000
    Chile......................  ...........  ...........  ...........  ...........       80,000          80,000
    Other Countries............  ...........            1            1  ...........  ...........               1
CHEDDAR CHEESE, AND CHEESE AND     2,795,016    1,488,840    4,283,856      519,033    7,620,000      12,422,889
 SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE
 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......................  ...........            0  ...........  ...........      220,000         220,000
    EU-25......................       52,404      210,596      263,000  ...........    1,050,000       1,313,000
    New Zealand................    1,737,605    1,058,863    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    2,688,157      477,396    3,165,553      357,003  ...........       3,522,556
 COLBY, WASHED CURD AND
 GRANULAR CHEESE (BUT NOT
 INCLUDING CHEDDAR) AND CHEESE
 AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE
 CONTAINING OR PROCESSED FROM
 SUCH AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE (A-
 NOTE 19)......................
    Australia..................      761,890      119,108      880,998      119,002  ...........       1,000,000
    EU-25......................      145,147      208,853      354,000  ...........  ...........         354,000
    New Zealand................    1,630,479      131,520    1,761,999      238,001  ...........       2,000,000
    Other Countries............      150,641       17,915      168,556  ...........  ...........         168,556
EDAM AND GOUDA CHEESE, AND         4,910,073      696,329    5,606,402  ...........    1,210,000       6,816,402
 CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR
 CHEESE CONTAINING, OR
 PROCESSED FROM, EDAM AND GOUDA
 CHEESE (E-NOTE 20)............
    Argentina..................      110,495       14,505      125,000  ...........      110,000         235,000

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    EU-25......................    4,680,498      608,502    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    6,402,630    1,117,917    7,520,547      795,517    5,165,000      13,481,064
 COW'S MILK, (ROMANO MADE 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..................    3,910,738      214,745    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....................  ...........            0  ...........  ...........      500,000         500,000
    Uruguay....................  ...........            0  ...........      428,000      750,000       1,178,000
    Other Countries............  ...........       13,064       13,064  ...........  ...........          13,064
SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE        5,264,929    1,386,385    6,651,314      823,519      380,000       7,854,833
 OTHER THAN WITH EYE FORMATION,
 GRUYERE-PROCESS CHEESE AND
 CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR
 CHEESE CONTAINING, OR
 PROCESSED FROM, SUCH CHEESES
 (GR-NOTE 22)..................
    EU-25......................    3,995,739    1,156,255    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         1,840,852    2,584,056    4,424,918    1,050,000  ...........       5,474,908
 CHEESE, CONTAINING 0.5 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......................    1,840,852    2,584,055    4,424,907  ...........  ...........       4,424,907
    Israel.....................  ...........            0  ...........       50,000  ...........          50,000
    New Zealand................  ...........            0  ...........    1,000,000  ...........       1,000,000
    Other Countries............  ...........            1            1  ...........  ...........               1
SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE       15,565,737    6,731,594   22,297,331    9,557,945    2,620,000      34,475,276
 WITH EYE FORMATION (SW-NOTE
 25)...........................
    Argentina..................  ...........        9,115        9,115       70,885  ...........          80,000
    Australia..................      209,698            0      209,698      290,302  ...........         500,000
    Canada.....................  ...........            0  ...........       70,000  ...........          70,000
    EU-25......................   11,155,483    5,321,345   16,476,828    4,003,172    2,420,000      22,900,000
    Iceland....................      149,999            0      149,999      150,001  ...........         300,000
    Israel.....................       27,000            0       27,000  ...........  ...........          27,000
    Norway.....................    3,187,264      468,046    3,655,310    3,227,690  ...........       6,883,000
    Switzerland................      776,708      907,397    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.   63,170,778   24,729,865   87,900,653   22,764,145   24,921,000     135,585,788
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            TOTAL: CHEESE         67,907,945   41,857,479  109,765,434   22,764,145   24,921,000     157,450,569
             ARTICLES & NON-
             CHEESE ARTICLES...
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