[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-22351]

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Office of the Secretary

Determination of Total Amounts of Fiscal Year 2014 WTO Tariff-
Rate Quotas for Raw Cane Sugar and Certain Sugars, Syrups and Molasses

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Office of the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture 
(the Secretary) announces the establishment of the Fiscal Year (FY) 
2014 (October 1, 2013-September 30, 2014) in-quota aggregate quantity 
of raw cane sugar at 1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV). The 
Secretary also announces the establishment of the FY 2014 in-quota 
aggregate quantity of certain sugars, syrups, and molasses (also 
referred to as refined sugar) at 122,000 MTRV.

DATES: Effective Date: September 13, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Souleymane Diaby, Import Policies and 
Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of 
Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., AgStop 1021, Washington, DC 
20250-1021; by telephone (202) 720-2916; by fax (202) 720-0876; or by 
email souleymane.diaby@fas.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The provisions of paragraph (a)(i) of the 
Additional U.S. Note 5, Chapter 17 in the U.S. Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule (HTS) authorize the Secretary to establish the in-quota TRQ 
amounts (expressed in terms of raw value) for imports of raw cane sugar 
and certain sugars, syrups, and molasses that may be entered under the 
subheadings of the HTS subject to the lower tier of duties for entry 
during each fiscal year. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 
(USTR) is responsible for the allocation of these quantities among 
supplying countries and areas.
    Section 359(k) of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, as 
amended, requires that at the beginning of the quota year the Secretary 
of Agriculture establish the TRQs for raw cane sugar and refined sugars 
at the minimum levels necessary to comply with obligations under 
international trade agreements, with the exception of specialty sugar.
    Notice is hereby given that I have determined, in accordance with 
paragraph (a)(i) of the Additional U.S. Note 5, Chapter 17 in the HTS 
and section 359(k) of the 1938 Act, that an aggregate quantity of up to 
1,117,195 MTRV of raw cane sugar may be entered or withdrawn from 
warehouse for consumption during FY 2014. This is the minimum amount to 
which the United States is committed under the WTO Uruguay Round 
Agreements. I have further determined that an aggregate quantity of 
122,000 MTRV of sugars, syrups, and molasses may be entered or 
withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during FY 2014. Of this 
quantity of 122,000 MTRV, the quantity of 101,656 MTRV is reserved for 
the importation of specialty sugars as defined by the USTR. The total 
of 122,000 MTRV includes the 22,000 MTRV minimum level necessary to 
comply with U.S. WTO Uruguay Round commitments, of which 1,656 MTRV is 
reserved for specialty sugar. Because the specialty sugar TRQ is first-
come, first-served, tranches are needed to allow for orderly marketing 
throughout the year.
    The FY 2014 specialty sugar TRQ will be opened in five tranches. 
The first tranche, totaling 1,656 MTRV, will open October 10, 2013. All 
specialty sugars are eligible for entry under this tranche. The second 
tranche will open on October 24, 2013, and be equal to 37,000 MTRV. The 
remaining tranches will each be equal to 21,000 MTRV, with the third 
opening on January 9, 2014; the fourth, on April 10, 2014; and the 
fifth, on July 10, 2014. The second, third, fourth, and fifth tranches 
will be reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not 
currently produced commercially in the United States or reasonably 
available from domestic sources.
    * Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.

    Dated: August 9, 2013.
Darci L. Vetter,
Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
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