Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2017 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar, 36070-36071 [2017-16289]

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You must make any alternative arrangements with Yvonne Jamison in advance of transmitting a comment. You can contact Ms. Jamison at (202) 395–3475. General information concerning USTR is available at www.ustr.gov. We will post comments in the docket for public inspection, except business confidential information. You can view comments on the www.regulations.gov Web site by entering the relevant docket number in the search field on the home page. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald Baumgarten, Office of Agricultural Affairs, (202) 395–9583 or Ronald_Baumgarten@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 5 to Chapter 17 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), the United States maintains WTO TRQs for imports of raw cane and refined sugar. Section 404(d)(3) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3601(d)(3)) authorizes the President to allocate the in-quota quantity of a TRQ for any agricultural product among supplying countries or customs areas. The President delegated this authority to the United States Trade Representative under Presidential Proclamation 6763 (60 FR 1007, January 4, 1995). On May 6, 2016 (81 FR 27390), the Secretary of Agriculture established the FY2017 WTO TRQ for imported raw cane sugar at the minimum to which the United States is committed pursuant to the WTO Uruguay Round Agreements (1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV) conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.). On May 27, 2016 (81 FR 33729), USTR provided notice of country-by-country allocations of the FY2017 in-quota quantity of the WTO TRQ for imported raw cane sugar. Based on consultation with quota holders, USTR is reallocating 86,495 MTRV of the original TRQ quantity from those countries that are unable to fill their FY2017 allocated raw cane sugar quantities. USTR is allocating the 86,495 MTRV to the following countries in the amounts specified below: Edward Gresser, Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee, Office of the United States Trade Representative. Country [FR Doc. 2017–16195 Filed 8–1–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F7–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2017 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country reallocations of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar. DATES: This notice is applicable on August 2, 2017. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00145 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Argentina .......................... Australia ............................ Belize ................................ Brazil ................................. Colombia ........................... Costa Rica ........................ Ecuador ............................ El Salvador ....................... Fiji ..................................... Guatemala ........................ Guyana ............................. Honduras .......................... India .................................. Jamaica ............................ Malawi ............................... Mauritius ........................... Mozambique ..................... Nicaragua ......................... Panama ............................ Peru .................................. Philippines ........................ South Africa ...................... Swaziland ......................... E:\FR\FM\02AUN1.SGM 02AUN1 FY 2017 raw cane sugar unused reallocation (MTRV) 4,756 9,180 1,217 16,038 2,655 1,659 1,217 2,876 995 5,309 1,327 1,106 885 1,217 1,106 1,327 1,438 2,323 3,208 4,535 14,932 2,544 1,770 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 147 / Wednesday, August 2, 2017 / Notices On July 25, 2017 (82 FR 34472), the Secretary of Agriculture announced an Country additional in-quota quantity of the TRQ for raw cane sugar for the remainder of FY2017 (ending September 30, 2017) in Thailand ............................ 1,548 the amount of 244,690 metric tons raw Zimbabwe ......................... 1,327 value (MTRV). The conversion factor is 1 metric ton equals1.10231125 short USTR based these allocations on the tons. This quantity is in addition to the countries’ historical shipments to the minimum amount to which the United United States. The allocations of the raw States is committed under the World cane sugar WTO TRQ to countries that Trade Organization (WTO) Uruguay are net importers of sugar are Round Agreements (1,117,195 MTRV). conditioned on receipt of the The Department of Agriculture also has appropriate verifications of origin. determined that all sugar entering the Certificates for quota eligibility must United States under the FY2017 raw accompany imports from any country sugar TRQ will be permitted to enter for which an allocation has been U.S. Customs territory through October provided. 31, 2017, a month later than the typical entry date deadline. USTR is allocating Sharon E. Bomer Lauritsen, this total quantity of 244,690 MTRV to Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, the following countries in the amounts Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy. specified below: FY 2017 raw cane sugar unused reallocation (MTRV) [FR Doc. 2017–16289 Filed 7–31–17; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F7–P FY2017 raw cane sugar increase (MTRV) Country OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Fiscal Year 2017 Allocation of Additional Tariff-Rate Quota Volume for Raw Cane Sugar Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country allocations of additional Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 in-quota quantity of the tariffrate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar as announced by Secretary of Agriculture on July 25, 2017. DATES: This notice is applicable on August 2, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald Baumgarten, Office of Agricultural Affairs, (202) 395–9583 or Ronald_Baumgarten@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 5 to Chapter 17 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), the United States maintains TRQs for imports of raw cane and refined sugar. Section 404(d)(3) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3601(d)(3)) authorizes the President to allocate the in-quota quantity of a TRQ for any agricultural product among supplying countries or customs areas. The President delegated this authority to the United States Trade Representative under Presidential Proclamation 6763 (60 FR 1007, January 4, 1995). sradovich on DSKBCFCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:43 Aug 01, 2017 Jkt 241001 Argentina .............................. Australia ................................ Belize .................................... Brazil ..................................... Colombia ............................... Costa Rica ............................ Ecuador ................................ El Salvador ........................... Fiji ......................................... Guatemala ............................ Guyana ................................. Honduras .............................. India ...................................... Jamaica ................................ Malawi ................................... Mauritius ............................... Mozambique ......................... Nicaragua ............................. Panama ................................ Peru ...................................... Philippines ............................ South Africa .......................... Swaziland ............................. Thailand ................................ Zimbabwe ............................. 15,575 30,064 3,984 13,962 8,693 5,433 3,984 9,417 3,260 17,386 4,347 3,622 2,898 3,984 3,622 4,347 4,709 7,606 10,504 14,851 48,898 8,331 5,795 5,071 4,347 USTR based these allocations on the countries’ historical shipments to the United States. The allocations of the raw cane sugar TRQ to countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of the appropriate verifications of origin, and certificates for quota eligibility must accompany imports from any country for which an allocation has been provided. Sharon E. Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–16288 Filed 7–31–17; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F7–P PO 00000 Frm 00146 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36071 OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2017–0011] Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China’s Compliance With WTO Commitments Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for comments and notice of public hearing. AGENCY: The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking comments and will convene a public hearing to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to prepare its annual report to Congress on China’s compliance with the commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). DATES: September 20, 2017: Deadline for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the October 4, 2017 public hearing, and for filing prehearing briefs, statements, or comments concerning China’s compliance with WTO commitments. October 4, 2017: The TPSC will convene a public hearing in Washington, DC concerning China’s compliance with WTO commitments. ADDRESSES: USTR strongly prefers electronic submissions made through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments in section 3 below. The docket number is USTR–2017–0011. For alternatives to on-line submissions, please contact Yvonne Jamison, Trade Policy Staff Committee, at (202) 395–3475. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For procedural questions concerning written comments or participation in the public hearing, contact Yvonne Jamison at (202) 395–3475. Direct all other questions to Terrence J. McCartin, Acting Assistant United States Trade Representative for China Affairs, at (202) 395–3900, or Philip D. Chen, Chief Counsel for China Enforcement, at (202) 395–3150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: 1. Background China became a Member of the WTO on December 11, 2001. In accordance with section 421 of the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–286), by December 11th of each year USTR has to submit a report to Congress on China’s compliance with commitments made in connection with its accession to the WTO, including both multilateral commitments and any bilateral E:\FR\FM\02AUN1.SGM 02AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 147 (Wednesday, August 2, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 36070-36071]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-16289]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Reallocation of Unused Fiscal Year 2017 Tariff-Rate Quota Volume 
for Raw Cane Sugar

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is 
providing notice of country-by-country reallocations of the fiscal year 
(FY) 2017 in-quota quantity of the World Trade Organization (WTO) 
tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.

DATES: This notice is applicable on August 2, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ronald Baumgarten, Office of 
Agricultural Affairs, (202) 395-9583 or Ronald_Baumgarten@ustr.eop.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Additional U.S. Note 5 to 
Chapter 17 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTS), the United States maintains WTO TRQs for imports of raw cane and 
refined sugar.
    Section 404(d)(3) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 
3601(d)(3)) authorizes the President to allocate the in-quota quantity 
of a TRQ for any agricultural product among supplying countries or 
customs areas. The President delegated this authority to the United 
States Trade Representative under Presidential Proclamation 6763 (60 FR 
1007, January 4, 1995).
    On May 6, 2016 (81 FR 27390), the Secretary of Agriculture 
established the FY2017 WTO TRQ for imported raw cane sugar at the 
minimum to which the United States is committed pursuant to the WTO 
Uruguay Round Agreements (1,117,195 metric tons raw value (MTRV) 
conversion factor: 1 metric ton = 1.10231125 short tons.). On May 27, 
2016 (81 FR 33729), USTR provided notice of country-by-country 
allocations of the FY2017 in-quota quantity of the WTO TRQ for imported 
raw cane sugar. Based on consultation with quota holders, USTR is 
reallocating 86,495 MTRV of the original TRQ quantity from those 
countries that are unable to fill their FY2017 allocated raw cane sugar 
quantities. USTR is allocating the 86,495 MTRV to the following 
countries in the amounts specified below:

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                                                           FY 2017 raw
                                                           cane sugar
                        Country                              unused
                                                          reallocation
                                                             (MTRV)
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Argentina.............................................             4,756
Australia.............................................             9,180
Belize................................................             1,217
Brazil................................................            16,038
Colombia..............................................             2,655
Costa Rica............................................             1,659
Ecuador...............................................             1,217
El Salvador...........................................             2,876
Fiji..................................................               995
Guatemala.............................................             5,309
Guyana................................................             1,327
Honduras..............................................             1,106
India.................................................               885
Jamaica...............................................             1,217
Malawi................................................             1,106
Mauritius.............................................             1,327
Mozambique............................................             1,438
Nicaragua.............................................             2,323
Panama................................................             3,208
Peru..................................................             4,535
Philippines...........................................            14,932
South Africa..........................................             2,544
Swaziland.............................................             1,770

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Thailand..............................................             1,548
Zimbabwe..............................................             1,327
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    USTR based these allocations on the countries' historical shipments 
to the United States. The allocations of the raw cane sugar WTO TRQ to 
countries that are net importers of sugar are conditioned on receipt of 
the appropriate verifications of origin. Certificates for quota 
eligibility must accompany imports from any country for which an 
allocation has been provided.

Sharon E. Bomer Lauritsen,
Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, Agricultural Affairs and Commodity 
Policy.
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