Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods and Sugar-Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, and Panama, 66960-66962 [2019-26365]

Download as PDF 66960 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 235 / Friday, December 6, 2019 / Notices HTS subheading Product description 6911.10.38 ............. Porcelain or china (o/than bone china) househld tabl. & kitch.ware in sets in which aggregate val. of arts./U.S. note 6(b) o/ $200. Porcelain or china (o/than bone china) hsehld steins w/pewter lids, decanters, punch bowls, spoons & rests, salt/pepper sets, etc. Porcelain or china (o/than bone china) household mugs and steins w/o attached pewter lids. Porcelain or china (o/than bone china) hsehld tabl/kit.ware n/in specif.sets,cups o/$8 but n/o $29/dz, saucers o/$5.25 but n/o $18.75/dz, etc. Porcelain or china (o/than bone china) hsehld tabl/kit ware n/in specif. sets, cups o/$29/dz, saucers o/$18.75/dz, bowls o/ $33/dz, etc. Porcelain or china (o/than bone china) household serviette rings. Porcelain or china (o/than bone china) household tableware & kitchenware, not in specified sets, nesoi. Porcelain or china (o/than bone china) household and toilet articles (other than tableware or kitchenware), nesoi. Cast iron, table, kitchen or o/household arts. and parts thereof, enameled. 6911.10.41 ............. 6911.10.45 ............. 6911.10.52 ............. 6911.10.58 ............. 6911.10.60 6911.10.80 6911.90.00 7323.92.00 ............. ............. ............. ............. Affairs, (202) 395–6095 or Dylan.T.Daniels@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2019–26325 Filed 12–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P I. Chile FTA OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods and Sugar-Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia, and Panama Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of its determination of the trade surplus in certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia and Panama. The level of a country’s trade surplus in these goods relates to the quantity of sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products for which the United States grants preferential tariff treatment under (i) the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA); (ii) the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (Morocco FTA); (iii) the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA–DR); (iv) the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (Peru TPA); (v) the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (Colombia TPA); and (vi) the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement (Panama TPA). DATES: This notice is applicable on January 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dylan T. Daniels, Office of Agricultural lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:11 Dec 05, 2019 Jkt 250001 Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 108–77; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), Presidential Proclamation No. 7746 of December 30, 2003 (68 FR 75789) implemented the Chile FTA on behalf of the United States and modified the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Chile FTA. Note 12(a) to subchapter XI of HTSUS chapter 99 requires USTR annually to publish a determination of the amount of Chile’s trade surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in Harmonized System (HS) subheadings 1701.11, 1701.12, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.20, 1702.30, 1702.40, 1702.60, 1702.90, 1806.10, 2101.12, 2101.20, and 2106.90, except that Chile’s imports of goods classified under HS subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that qualify for preferential tariff treatment under the Chile FTA are not included in the calculation of Chile’s trade surplus. Proclamation 8771 of December 29, 2011 (77 FR 413) reclassified HS subheading 1701.11 as 1701.13 and 1701.14. Note 12(b) to subchapter XI of HTS chapter 99 provides duty-free treatment for certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of Chile entered under subheading 9911.17.05 in any calendar year (CY) (beginning in CY2015) shall be the quantity of goods equal to the amount of Chile’s trade surplus in subdivision (a) of the note. During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Chile’s imports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its exports of those goods by 533,054 metric tons according to data published by its customs authority, the Servicio Nacional de Aduana. Based on this data, PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 USTR has determined that Chile’s trade surplus is negative. Therefore, in accordance with U.S. Note 12(b) to subchapter XI of HTS chapter 99, goods of Chile are not eligible to enter the United States duty-free under subheading 9911.17.05 in CY2020. II. Morocco FTA Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 108–302; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), Presidential Proclamation No. 7971 of December 22, 2005 (70 FR 76651) implemented the Morocco FTA on behalf of the United States and modified the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Morocco FTA. Note 12(a) to subchapter XII of HTSUS chapter 99 requires USTR annually to publish a determination of the amount of Morocco’s trade surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 1701.11, 1701.12, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40, and 1702.60, except that Morocco’s imports of U.S. goods classified under HS subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that qualify for preferential tariff treatment under the Morocco FTA are not included in the calculation of Morocco’s trade surplus. Proclamation 8771 of December 29, 2011 (77 FR 413) reclassified HS subheading 1701.11 as 1701.13 and 1701.14. Note 12(b) to subchapter XII of HTS chapter 99 provides duty-free treatment for certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of Morocco entered under subheading 9912.17.05 in an amount equal to the lesser of Morocco’s trade surplus or the specific quantity set out in that note for that calendar year. Note 12(c) to subchapter XII of HTS chapter 99 provides preferential tariff treatment for certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of Morocco entered under subheading 9912.17.10 through 9912.17.85 in an amount equal to the amount by which Morocco’s trade surplus exceeds the E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 235 / Friday, December 6, 2019 / Notices lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES specific quantity set out in that note for that calendar year. During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Morocco’s imports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its exports of those goods by 682,067 metric tons according to data published by its customs authority, the Office des Changes. Based on this data, USTR has determined that Morocco’s trade surplus is negative. Therefore, in accordance with U.S. Note 12(b) and U.S. Note 12(c) to subchapter XII of HTS chapter 99, goods of Morocco are not eligible to enter the United States duty-free under subheading 9912.17.05 or at preferential tariff rates under subheading 9912.17.10 through 9912.17.85 in CY2020. III. CAFTA–DR Pursuant to section 201 of the Dominican Republic-Central AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 109–53; 19 U.S.C. 4031), Presidential Proclamation No. 7987 of February 28, 2006 (71 FR 10827), Presidential Proclamation No. 7991 of March 24, 2006 (71 FR 16009), Presidential Proclamation No. 7996 of March 31, 2006 (71 FR 16971), Presidential Proclamation No. 8034 of June 30, 2006 (71 FR 38509), Presidential Proclamation No. 8111 of February 28, 2007 (72 FR 10025), Presidential Proclamation No. 8331 of December 23, 2008 (73 FR 79585), and Presidential Proclamation No. 8536 of June 12, 2010 (75 FR 34311), implemented the CAFTA–DR on behalf of the United States and modified the HTS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the CAFTA–DR. Note 25(b)(i) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 requires USTR annually to publish a determination of the amount of each CAFTA–DR country’s trade surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40, and 1702.60, except that each CAFTA–DR country’s exports to the United States of goods classified under HS subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, and 1701.99 and its imports of goods classified under HS subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that qualify for preferential tariff treatment under the CAFTA–DR are not included in the calculation of that country’s trade surplus. U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTS chapter 98 provides duty-free treatment for certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of each CAFTA–DR country entered under subheading 9822.05.20 in an amount equal to the lesser of that country’s trade VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:11 Dec 05, 2019 Jkt 250001 surplus or the specific quantity set out in that note for that country and that calendar year. A. Costa Rica During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Costa Rica’s exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 128,888 metric tons according to data published by the Costa Rican Customs Department, Ministry of Finance. Based on this data, USTR has determined that Costa Rica’s trade surplus is 128,888 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTSUSUS chapter 98 for Costa Rica for CY2020 is 14,080 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of Costa Rica that may be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 14,080 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of Costa Rica’s trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for Costa Rica for CY2020). B. Dominican Republic During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, the Dominican Republic’s exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugarcontaining products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 4,520 metric tons according to data published by the National Direction of Customs (DGA). Based on this data, USTR has determined that the Dominican Republic’s trade surplus is 4,520 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for the Dominican Republic for CY2020 is 12,800 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of the Dominican Republic that may be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 4,520 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of the Dominican Republic’s trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for the Dominican Republic for CY2020). C. El Salvador During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, El Salvador’s exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 348,974 metric tons according to data published by the Central Bank of El Salvador. Based on this data, USTR has determined that El Salvador’s trade surplus is 348,974 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 66961 XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for El Salvador for CY2020 is 36,040 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of El Salvador that may be entered dutyfree under subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 36,040 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of El Salvador’s trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for El Salvador for CY2020). D. Guatemala During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Guatemala’s exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 1,332,419 metric tons according to data published by the Asociacion de Azucareros de Guatemala (ASAZGUA) and Bank of Guatemala. Based on this data, USTR has determined that Guatemala’s trade surplus is 1,332,419 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Guatemala for CY2020 is 49,820 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of Guatemala that may be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 49,820 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of Guatemala’s trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for Guatemala for CY2020). E. Honduras During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Honduras’ exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 112,634 metric tons according to data published by the Central Bank of Honduras. Based on this data, USTR has determined that Honduras’ trade surplus is 112,634 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Honduras for CY2020 is 10,240 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of Honduras that may be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 10,240 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of Honduras’ trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for Honduras for CY2020). F. Nicaragua During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Nicaragua’s exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 321,187 metric tons E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1 66962 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 235 / Friday, December 6, 2019 / Notices according to data published by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Development, Industry, and Trade (MIFIC). Based on this data, USTR has determined that Nicaragua’s trade surplus is 321,187 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Nicaragua for CY2020 is 28,160 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of Nicaragua that may be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 28,160 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of Nicaragua’s trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for Nicaragua for CY2020). lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES IV. Peru TPA Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 110–138; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), Presidential Proclamation No. 8341 of January 16, 2009 (74 FR 4105) implemented the Peru TPA on behalf of the United States and modified the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Peru TPA. Note 28(c) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 requires USTR annually to publish a determination of the amount of Peru’s trade surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40, and 1702.60, except that Peru’s imports of U.S. goods classified under HS subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that are originating goods under the Peru TPA and Peru’s exports to the United States of goods classified under HS subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, and 1701.99 are not included in the calculation of Peru’s trade surplus. Note 28(d) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 provides duty-free treatment for certain sugar goods of Peru entered under subheading 9822.06.10 in an amount equal to the lesser of Peru’s trade surplus or the specific quantity set out in that note for that calendar year. During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Peru’s imports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its exports of those goods by 264,340 metric tons according to data published by the Superintendencia Nacional de Administracio´n Tributaria (SUNAT). Based on this data, USTR has determined that Peru’s trade surplus is negative. Therefore, in accordance with U.S. Note 28(d) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98, goods of Peru are not eligible to enter the United States VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:11 Dec 05, 2019 Jkt 250001 duty-free under subheading 9822.06.10 in CY2020. V. Colombia TPA Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 112–42; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), Presidential Proclamation No. 8818 of May 14, 2012 (77 FR 29519) implemented the Colombia TPA on behalf of the United States and modified the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Colombia TPA. Note 32(b) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 requires USTR annually to publish a determination of the amount of Colombia’s trade surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40 and 1702.60, except that Colombia’s imports of U.S. goods classified under subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that are originating goods under the Colombia TPA and Colombia’s exports to the United States of goods classified under subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91 and 1701.99 are not included in the calculation of Colombia’s trade surplus. Note 32(c)(i) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 provides duty-free treatment for certain sugar goods of Colombia entered under subheading 9822.08.01 in an amount equal to the lesser of Colombia’s trade surplus or the specific quantity set out in that note for that calendar year. During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Colombia’s exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 515,636 metric tons according to data published by Global Trade Atlas (GTA) and the Colombian Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN). Based on this data, USTR has determined that Colombia’s trade surplus is 515,636 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 32(c)(i) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Colombia for CY2020 is 56,000 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of Colombia that may be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.08.01 in CY2020 is 56,000 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of Colombia’s trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for Colombia for CY2020). VI. Panama TPA Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Note 35(a) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 requires USTR annually to publish a determination of the amount of Panama’s trade surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40 and 1702.60, except that Panama’s imports of U.S. goods classified under subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that are originating goods under the Panama TPA and Panama’s exports to the United States of goods classified under subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91 and 1701.99 are not included in the calculation of Panama’s trade surplus. Note 35(c) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 provides duty-free treatment for certain sugar goods of Panama entered under subheading 9822.09.17 in an amount equal to the lesser of Panama’s trade surplus or the specific quantity set out in that note for that calendar year. During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, Panama’s exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 29,552 metric tons according to data published by the National Institute of Statistics and Census, Office of the General Comptroller of Panama. Based on this data, USTR has determined that Panama’s trade surplus is 29,552 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 35(c) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Panama for CY2020 is 545 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of Panama that may be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.09.17 in CY2020 is 545 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of Panama’s trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for Panama for CY2020). Gregory Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2019–26365 Filed 12–5–19; 8:45 am] Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Panama Trade Promotion PO 00000 Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 112–43; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), Presidential Proclamation No. 8894 of October 29, 2012 (77 FR 66505) implemented the Panama TPA on behalf of the United States and modified the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Panama TPA. Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P E:\FR\FM\06DEN1.SGM 06DEN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Determination of Trade Surplus in Certain Sugar and Syrup Goods 
and Sugar-Containing Products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the 
Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, 
Colombia, and Panama

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the 
United States (HTSUS), the Office of the United States Trade 
Representative (USTR) is providing notice of its determination of the 
trade surplus in certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products of Chile, Morocco, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El 
Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia and Panama. 
The level of a country's trade surplus in these goods relates to the 
quantity of sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products for 
which the United States grants preferential tariff treatment under (i) 
the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (Chile FTA); (ii) the 
United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (Morocco FTA); (iii) the 
Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement 
(CAFTA-DR); (iv) the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (Peru 
TPA); (v) the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement 
(Colombia TPA); and (vi) the United States-Panama Trade Promotion 
Agreement (Panama TPA).

DATES: This notice is applicable on January 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dylan T. Daniels, Office of 
Agricultural Affairs, (202) 395-6095 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Chile FTA

    Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Chile Free Trade 
Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 108-77; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), 
Presidential Proclamation No. 7746 of December 30, 2003 (68 FR 75789) 
implemented the Chile FTA on behalf of the United States and modified 
the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Chile 
FTA.
    Note 12(a) to subchapter XI of HTSUS chapter 99 requires USTR 
annually to publish a determination of the amount of Chile's trade 
surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in Harmonized System 
(HS) subheadings 1701.11, 1701.12, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.20, 1702.30, 
1702.40, 1702.60, 1702.90, 1806.10, 2101.12, 2101.20, and 2106.90, 
except that Chile's imports of goods classified under HS subheadings 
1702.40 and 1702.60 that qualify for preferential tariff treatment 
under the Chile FTA are not included in the calculation of Chile's 
trade surplus. Proclamation 8771 of December 29, 2011 (77 FR 413) 
reclassified HS subheading 1701.11 as 1701.13 and 1701.14. Note 12(b) 
to subchapter XI of HTS chapter 99 provides duty-free treatment for 
certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing products of Chile 
entered under subheading 9911.17.05 in any calendar year (CY) 
(beginning in CY2015) shall be the quantity of goods equal to the 
amount of Chile's trade surplus in subdivision (a) of the note.
    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Chile's imports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its exports of those goods by 533,054 
metric tons according to data published by its customs authority, the 
Servicio Nacional de Aduana. Based on this data, USTR has determined 
that Chile's trade surplus is negative. Therefore, in accordance with 
U.S. Note 12(b) to subchapter XI of HTS chapter 99, goods of Chile are 
not eligible to enter the United States duty-free under subheading 
9911.17.05 in CY2020.

II. Morocco FTA

    Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Morocco Free Trade 
Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 108-302; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), 
Presidential
    Proclamation No. 7971 of December 22, 2005 (70 FR 76651) 
implemented the Morocco FTA on behalf of the United States and modified 
the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Morocco 
FTA.
    Note 12(a) to subchapter XII of HTSUS chapter 99 requires USTR 
annually to publish a determination of the amount of Morocco's trade 
surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 
1701.11, 1701.12, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40, and 1702.60, except that 
Morocco's imports of U.S. goods classified under HS subheadings 1702.40 
and 1702.60 that qualify for preferential tariff treatment under the 
Morocco FTA are not included in the calculation of Morocco's trade 
surplus. Proclamation 8771 of December 29, 2011 (77 FR 413) 
reclassified HS subheading 1701.11 as 1701.13 and 1701.14.
    Note 12(b) to subchapter XII of HTS chapter 99 provides duty-free 
treatment for certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products of Morocco entered under subheading 9912.17.05 in an amount 
equal to the lesser of Morocco's trade surplus or the specific quantity 
set out in that note for that calendar year.
    Note 12(c) to subchapter XII of HTS chapter 99 provides 
preferential tariff treatment for certain sugar and syrup goods and 
sugar-containing products of Morocco entered under subheading 
9912.17.10 through 9912.17.85 in an amount equal to the amount by which 
Morocco's trade surplus exceeds the

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specific quantity set out in that note for that calendar year.
    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Morocco's imports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its exports of those goods by 682,067 
metric tons according to data published by its customs authority, the 
Office des Changes. Based on this data, USTR has determined that 
Morocco's trade surplus is negative. Therefore, in accordance with U.S. 
Note 12(b) and U.S. Note 12(c) to subchapter XII of HTS chapter 99, 
goods of Morocco are not eligible to enter the United States duty-free 
under subheading 9912.17.05 or at preferential tariff rates under 
subheading 9912.17.10 through 9912.17.85 in CY2020.

III. CAFTA-DR

    Pursuant to section 201 of the Dominican Republic-Central America-
United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 109-53; 
19 U.S.C. 4031), Presidential Proclamation No. 7987 of February 28, 
2006 (71 FR 10827), Presidential Proclamation No. 7991 of March 24, 
2006 (71 FR 16009), Presidential Proclamation No. 7996 of March 31, 
2006 (71 FR 16971), Presidential Proclamation No. 8034 of June 30, 2006 
(71 FR 38509), Presidential Proclamation No. 8111 of February 28, 2007 
(72 FR 10025), Presidential Proclamation No. 8331 of December 23, 2008 
(73 FR 79585), and Presidential Proclamation No. 8536 of June 12, 2010 
(75 FR 34311), implemented the CAFTA-DR on behalf of the United States 
and modified the HTS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in 
the CAFTA-DR.
    Note 25(b)(i) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 requires USTR 
annually to publish a determination of the amount of each CAFTA-DR 
country's trade surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS 
subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40, and 
1702.60, except that each CAFTA-DR country's exports to the United 
States of goods classified under HS subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 
1701.14, 1701.91, and 1701.99 and its imports of goods classified under 
HS subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that qualify for preferential tariff 
treatment under the CAFTA-DR are not included in the calculation of 
that country's trade surplus.
    U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTS chapter 98 provides 
duty-free treatment for certain sugar and syrup goods and sugar-
containing products of each CAFTA-DR country entered under subheading 
9822.05.20 in an amount equal to the lesser of that country's trade 
surplus or the specific quantity set out in that note for that country 
and that calendar year.

A. Costa Rica

    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Costa Rica's exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 128,888 
metric tons according to data published by the Costa Rican Customs 
Department, Ministry of Finance. Based on this data, USTR has 
determined that Costa Rica's trade surplus is 128,888 metric tons. The 
specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of 
HTSUSUS chapter 98 for Costa Rica for CY2020 is 14,080 metric tons. 
Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of 
goods of Costa Rica that may be entered duty-free under subheading 
9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 14,080 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is 
the lesser of Costa Rica's trade surplus and the specific quantity set 
out in that note for Costa Rica for CY2020).

B. Dominican Republic

    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
the Dominican Republic's exports of the sugar and syrup goods and 
sugar-containing products described above exceeded its imports of those 
goods by 4,520 metric tons according to data published by the National 
Direction of Customs (DGA). Based on this data, USTR has determined 
that the Dominican Republic's trade surplus is 4,520 metric tons. The 
specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of 
HTSUS chapter 98 for the Dominican Republic for CY2020 is 12,800 metric 
tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity 
of goods of the Dominican Republic that may be entered duty-free under 
subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 4,520 metric tons (i.e., the amount 
that is the lesser of the Dominican Republic's trade surplus and the 
specific quantity set out in that note for the Dominican Republic for 
CY2020).

C. El Salvador

    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, El 
Salvador's exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 348,974 
metric tons according to data published by the Central Bank of El 
Salvador. Based on this data, USTR has determined that El Salvador's 
trade surplus is 348,974 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in 
U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for El 
Salvador for CY2020 is 36,040 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance 
with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of El Salvador that may 
be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 36,040 
metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of El Salvador's trade 
surplus and the specific quantity set out in that note for El Salvador 
for CY2020).

D. Guatemala

    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Guatemala's exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 
1,332,419 metric tons according to data published by the Asociacion de 
Azucareros de Guatemala (ASAZGUA) and Bank of Guatemala. Based on this 
data, USTR has determined that Guatemala's trade surplus is 1,332,419 
metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to 
subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Guatemala for CY2020 is 49,820 
metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate 
quantity of goods of Guatemala that may be entered duty-free under 
subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 49,820 metric tons (i.e., the amount 
that is the lesser of Guatemala's trade surplus and the specific 
quantity set out in that note for Guatemala for CY2020).

E. Honduras

    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Honduras' exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 112,634 
metric tons according to data published by the Central Bank of 
Honduras. Based on this data, USTR has determined that Honduras' trade 
surplus is 112,634 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. 
Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Honduras for 
CY2020 is 10,240 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, 
the aggregate quantity of goods of Honduras that may be entered duty-
free under subheading 9822.05.20 in CY2020 is 10,240 metric tons (i.e., 
the amount that is the lesser of Honduras' trade surplus and the 
specific quantity set out in that note for Honduras for CY2020).

F. Nicaragua

    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Nicaragua's exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 321,187 
metric tons

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according to data published by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Development, 
Industry, and Trade (MIFIC). Based on this data, USTR has determined 
that Nicaragua's trade surplus is 321,187 metric tons. The specific 
quantity set out in U.S. Note 25(b)(ii) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS 
chapter 98 for Nicaragua for CY2020 is 28,160 metric tons. Therefore, 
in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity of goods of 
Nicaragua that may be entered duty-free under subheading 9822.05.20 in 
CY2020 is 28,160 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the lesser of 
Nicaragua's trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in that 
note for Nicaragua for CY2020).

IV. Peru TPA

    Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion 
Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 110-138; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), 
Presidential Proclamation No. 8341 of January 16, 2009 (74 FR 4105) 
implemented the Peru TPA on behalf of the United States and modified 
the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Peru TPA.
    Note 28(c) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 requires USTR 
annually to publish a determination of the amount of Peru's trade 
surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 
1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40, and 1702.60, 
except that Peru's imports of U.S. goods classified under HS 
subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that are originating goods under the 
Peru TPA and Peru's exports to the United States of goods classified 
under HS subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, and 1701.99 
are not included in the calculation of Peru's trade surplus.
    Note 28(d) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 provides duty-
free treatment for certain sugar goods of Peru entered under subheading 
9822.06.10 in an amount equal to the lesser of Peru's trade surplus or 
the specific quantity set out in that note for that calendar year.
    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Peru's imports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its exports of those goods by 264,340 
metric tons according to data published by the Superintendencia 
Nacional de Administraci[oacute]n Tributaria (SUNAT). Based on this 
data, USTR has determined that Peru's trade surplus is negative. 
Therefore, in accordance with U.S. Note 28(d) to subchapter XXII of 
HTSUS chapter 98, goods of Peru are not eligible to enter the United 
States duty-free under subheading 9822.06.10 in CY2020.

V. Colombia TPA

    Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Colombia Trade 
Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 112-42; 19 U.S.C. 3805 
note), Presidential Proclamation No. 8818 of May 14, 2012 (77 FR 29519) 
implemented the Colombia TPA on behalf of the United States and 
modified the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the 
Colombia TPA.
    Note 32(b) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 requires USTR 
annually to publish a determination of the amount of Colombia's trade 
surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 
1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40 and 1702.60, 
except that Colombia's imports of U.S. goods classified under 
subheadings 1702.40 and 1702.60 that are originating goods under the 
Colombia TPA and Colombia's exports to the United States of goods 
classified under subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91 and 
1701.99 are not included in the calculation of Colombia's trade 
surplus.
    Note 32(c)(i) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 provides duty-
free treatment for certain sugar goods of Colombia entered under 
subheading 9822.08.01 in an amount equal to the lesser of Colombia's 
trade surplus or the specific quantity set out in that note for that 
calendar year.
    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Colombia's exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 515,636 
metric tons according to data published by Global Trade Atlas (GTA) and 
the Colombian Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN). Based 
on this data, USTR has determined that Colombia's trade surplus is 
515,636 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 
32(c)(i) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Colombia for CY2020 
is 56,000 metric tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the 
aggregate quantity of goods of Colombia that may be entered duty-free 
under subheading 9822.08.01 in CY2020 is 56,000 metric tons (i.e., the 
amount that is the lesser of Colombia's trade surplus and the specific 
quantity set out in that note for Colombia for CY2020).

VI. Panama TPA

    Pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Panama Trade Promotion 
Agreement Implementation Act (Pub. L. 112-43; 19 U.S.C. 3805 note), 
Presidential Proclamation No. 8894 of October 29, 2012 (77 FR 66505) 
implemented the Panama TPA on behalf of the United States and modified 
the HTSUS to reflect the tariff treatment provided for in the Panama 
TPA.
    Note 35(a) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 requires USTR 
annually to publish a determination of the amount of Panama's trade 
surplus, by volume, with all sources for goods in HS subheadings 
1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91, 1701.99, 1702.40 and 1702.60, 
except that Panama's imports of U.S. goods classified under subheadings 
1702.40 and 1702.60 that are originating goods under the Panama TPA and 
Panama's exports to the United States of goods classified under 
subheadings 1701.12, 1701.13, 1701.14, 1701.91 and 1701.99 are not 
included in the calculation of Panama's trade surplus.
    Note 35(c) to subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 provides duty-
free treatment for certain sugar goods of Panama entered under 
subheading 9822.09.17 in an amount equal to the lesser of Panama's 
trade surplus or the specific quantity set out in that note for that 
calendar year.
    During CY2018, the most recent year for which data is available, 
Panama's exports of the sugar and syrup goods and sugar-containing 
products described above exceeded its imports of those goods by 29,552 
metric tons according to data published by the National Institute of 
Statistics and Census, Office of the General Comptroller of Panama. 
Based on this data, USTR has determined that Panama's trade surplus is 
29,552 metric tons. The specific quantity set out in U.S. Note 35(c) to 
subchapter XXII of HTSUS chapter 98 for Panama for CY2020 is 545 metric 
tons. Therefore, in accordance with that note, the aggregate quantity 
of goods of Panama that may be entered duty-free under subheading 
9822.09.17 in CY2020 is 545 metric tons (i.e., the amount that is the 
lesser of Panama's trade surplus and the specific quantity set out in 
that note for Panama for CY2020).

Gregory Doud,
Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative.
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