[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 128 (Tuesday, July 6, 2010)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-16348]

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Office of the Secretary

USDA Reassigns Domestic Cane Sugar Allotments and Increases the 
Fiscal Year 2010 Raw Sugar Tariff-Rate Quota

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture today announced a reassignment of 
surplus sugar under domestic cane sugar allotments of 300,000 short 
tons raw value (STRV) to imports, and increased the fiscal year (FY) 
2010 raw sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) by the same amount.

DATES: Effective Date: July 6, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angel F. Gonzalez, Import Policies and 
Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, AgStop 1021, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250-1021; or by 
telephone (202) 720-2916; or by fax to (202) 720-0876; or by e-mail to: 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) 
today announced the reassignment of projected surplus cane sugar 
marketing allotments and allocations under the FY 2010 (October 1, 
2009-September 30, 2010) Sugar Marketing Allotment Program. The FY 2010 
cane sector allotment and cane State allotments are larger than can be 
fulfilled by domestically produced cane sugar. This surplus was 
reassigned to raw sugar imports as required by law. Upon review of the 
domestic sugarcane processors' sugar marketing allocations relative to 
their FY 2010 expected raw sugar supplies, CCC determined that all 
sugarcane processors had surplus allocation. Therefore, all sugarcane 
States' sugar marketing allotments are reduced with this reassignment. 
The new cane State allotments are Florida, 1,796,451 STRV; Louisiana, 
1,575,563 STRV; Texas, 142,777 STRV; and Hawaii, 201,101 STRV. The FY 
2010 Sugar Marketing Allotment Program will not prevent any domestic 
sugarcane processors from marketing all of their FY 2010 sugar supply.
    On September 25, 2009, USDA established the FY 2010 TRQ for raw 
cane sugar at 1,231,497 STRV (1,117,195 metric tons raw value, MTRV*), 
the minimum to which the United States is committed under the World 
Trade Organization Uruguay Round Agreements. On April 27, 2010, the 
Secretary increased the FY 2010 TRQ for raw cane sugar by 200,000 STRV 
(181,437 MTRV) to a total of 1,431,497 STRV (1,298,632 MTRV).
    Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 5 to Chapter 17 of the U.S. 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and Section 359(k) of the Agricultural 
Adjustment Act of 1938, as amended, the Secretary of Agriculture today 
increased the quantity of raw cane sugar imports of the HTS subject to 
the lower tier of duties during FY 2010 by 300,000 STRV (272,155 MTRV). 
With this increase, the overall FY 2010 raw sugar TRQ is now 1,731,497 
STRV (1,570,787 MTRV). Raw cane sugar under this quota must be 
accompanied by a certificate for quota eligibility and may be entered 
under subheading 1701.11.10 of the HTS until September 30, 2010. The 
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will allocate this increase 
among supplying countries and customs areas.
    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 2010 if needed.
    * Conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.

    Dated: June 29, 2010.
Tom Vilsack,
Secretary of Agriculture.
[FR Doc. 2010-16348 Filed 7-2-10; 8:45 am]