WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2011--USDA today announced an increase to the FY 2011 refined sugar TRQ of 150,000 short tons raw value (STRV). USDA has also extended the date this sugar is eligible to enter the United States to Nov. 30, 2011.
This sugar must have a sucrose content, by weight in the dry state, corresponding to a reading of 99.5 degrees polarity or more. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will shortly announce country allocations of this TRQ increase, which will open on Oct. 4, 2011.
The authority for modification of TRQs is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, Chapter 17, Additional U.S. Note 5. This action is being taken after a determination that additional supplies of refined sugar are necessary to reduce risks associated with adverse weather or other supply disruptions. Harvest of the upcoming sugar beet crop is significantly slower than in recent years. USDA will continue to closely monitor stocks, consumption, imports, and all sugar market and program variables on an ongoing basis.
For further information contact Angel Gonzalez, Foreign Agricultural Service, at (202) 720-2916.