October 17, 2013
Special Program Notice
Due to the recent lapse in federal government funding, the dairy import licensing website was unavailable from October 1, 2013 through October 16, 2013 and during this period, program participants were unable to surrender quantities of 2013 licenses or to apply for 2014 licenses.
To permit participants to complete these submissions, the deadline to surrender amounts of 2013 licenses is extended from Tuesday October 1, 2013 to end of the day of Monday, October 21, 2013. The deadline to apply for 2014 licenses is extended from Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to end of the day of Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer the tariff-rate quota
(TRQ) system for U.S. imports of dairy products. TRQs replaced Section 22 import
quotas for dairy products on Jan. 1, 1995, as a result of the Uruguay Round Agreement.
Under these TRQs, a low tariff rate, called the low-tier rate, applies to imports
up to a specified quantity. A higher tariff rate, called the high-tier rate, applies to
any imports in excess of that amount. High-tier tariff rates will be reduced by 15 percent
over the six years of the Uruguay Round Agreement (1995-2000), while quantities subject to
low-tier rates will be increased gradually over that same period. TRQ rates and quantities
vary by product.