Specialty sugar import quota raised

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON – The Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday increased the fiscal year 2007 specialty sugar tariff rate quota by 20,000 tons, raw value, to 60,406 tons. "The increase is needed to accommodate a rapidly expanding market for organic sugar," the F.A.S. said. Some 16,000 tons of the increase will be eligible for entry as of May 1, with the remaining 4,000 tons eligible July 5. The additional access is reserved for organic sugar and other specialty sugars not commercially produced in the U.S. or reasonably available from domestic sources. The increase brings the overall 2006-07 refined sugar tariff rate quota to 82,832 tons.

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