Federal Register Notices
Register: April 27, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 80)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Office of the Secretary
USDA Reassigns Domestic Cane Sugar Allotments
and Increases the Fiscal Year 2010 Raw Sugar
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Agriculture today
announced a reassignment of surplus sugar under
domestic cane sugar allotments of 200,000 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: April 27, 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
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, 1,983,802 STRV;
Louisiana, 1,581,306 STRV; Texas, 178,366 STRV;
and Hawaii, 272,417 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. Pursuant to Additional
U.S. Note 5 to Chapter 17 of the U.S. Harmonized
Tariff Schedule (HTS) and Section 359k 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 200,000 STRV (181,437 MRTV). With this
increase, the overall FY 2010 raw sugar TRQ is
now 1,431,497 STRV (1,298,632 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: April 19, 2010.
Thomas J. Vilsack,
Secretary of Agriculture.
[FR Doc. 2010-9730 Filed 4-26-10; 8:45 am]
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