Dairy Import Licensing Program
Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system for U.S. imports of dairy products. For dairy products subject to TRQs, a license from FAS is generally required to import items at the low-tier tariff rate. Individuals must apply annually for a license between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15.
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.
TRQs replaced Section 22 import quotas for dairy products on Jan. 1, 1995, as a result of the Uruguay Round Agreement. High-tier tariff rates were reduced by 15 percent in the six years after the agreement's implementation in 1995, while quantities subject to low-tier rates were increased gradually over that same period. TRQ rates and quantities vary by product.
No license is required to import products at the high-tier rate, to import products for an agency of the U.S. government, or to import products for personal use, as long as net weight does not exceed 5 kilograms (11 pounds) in any one shipment.
|Israel||Other Cheese: NSPF||673,000||100%||16||April, 2018|
|Israel||Other Cheese: NSPF-
|Iceland||Other Cheese: NSPF||294,000||100%||16||April, 2018|
|Iceland||Swiss Emmenthaler||149,999||100%||25||April, 2018|
|Costa Rica||Other Cheese: NSPF||1,550,000||100%||16||July, 2018|
|Chile||Blue Mold||80,000||100%||17||June, 2018|
|Argentina||Blue Mold||2,000||100%||17||July, 2018|
|Argentina||Italian Type||2,257,517||100%||21||July, 2018|
|Argentina||NSPF (OT)||92,310||100%||16||August, 2018|
|Argentina||Swiss Emmenthaler||70,885||100%||25||August, 2018|
|Australia||Dried Skim||600,076||100%||7||August, 2018|
|Australia||NSPF (OT)||2,508,830||100%||16||August, 2018|
|Australia||American Type||119,002||100%||19||August, 2018|
|Australia||Swiss Emmenthaler||290,302||100%||25||August, 2018|
|Norway||Edam & Gouda||167,000||100%||20||August, 2018|
|New Zealand||American Type||238,001||100%||19||August, 2018|
|New Zealand||NSPF (OT)||6,506,528||100%||16||August, 2018|
|New Zealand||Cheddar||5,403,532||100%||18||August, 2018|
Eligible individuals must apply annually for a license between September 1 and October 15. FAS issues licenses in late December for the following calendar year.