U.S.D.A. ups refined sugar import quota 300,000 tons

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week raised the tariff rate quota for 2007-08 refined sugar by 300,000 tons, raw value because of significantly reduced domestic refining capacity and a reduction in this year’s sugar beet production. The sugar, which must be user-quality, white sugar, not for further processing, may enter the United States on a first-come, first-served basis between Aug. 14 and Dec. 31, 2008, and is applied to the current marketing year, which ends Sept. 30, the U.S.D.A. said. Sugar users had requested an increase in the import quota due to tight supplies and high prices.

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