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7 CFR Part 6

Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2012 Tariff-Rate Quota Year

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This document sets forth the revised appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2012 quota year reflecting the cumulative annual transfers from Appendix 1 to Appendix 2 for certain dairy product import licenses permanently surrendered by licensees or revoked by the Licensing Authority.
DATES: Effective Date:August 27, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abdelsalam El-Farra, Dairy Import Licensing Program, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 1021, Washington, DC 20250-1021; or by telephone at (202) 720-9439; or by email at:abdelsalam.el-farra@fas.usda.gov.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Foreign Agricultural Service, under a delegation of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture, administers the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation codified at 7 CFR 6.20-6.37 that provides for the issuance of licenses to import certain dairy articles under tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) as set forth in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. These dairy articles may only be entered into the United States at the low-tier tariff by or for the account of a person or firm to whom such licenses have been issued and only in accordance with the terms and conditions of the regulation.

Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, and each license authorizes the license holder to import a specified quantity and type of dairy article from a specified country of origin. The Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, issues these licenses and, in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, monitors their use.

The regulation at 7 CFR 6.34(a) states: “Whenever a historical license (Appendix 1) is not issued to an applicant pursuant to the provisions of § 6.23, is permanently surrendered or is revoked by the Licensing Authority, the amount of such license will be transferred to Appendix 2.” Section 6.34(b) provides that the cumulative annual transfers will be published in theFederal Register. Accordingly, this document sets forth the revised Appendices for the 2012 tariff-rate quota year.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 6

Agricultural commodities, Cheese, Dairy products, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Issued at Washington, DC, the 13th day of July, 2012. Ronald Lord, Licensing Authority.

Accordingly, 7 CFR part 6 is amended as follows:

PART 6—IMPORT QUOTAS AND FEES 1. The authority citation for Part 6, Subpart—Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing continues to read as follows: Authority:

Additional U.S. Notes 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16-23 and 25 to Chapter 4 and General Note 15 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (19 U.S.C. 1202), Pub. L. 97-258, 96 Stat. 1051, as amended (31 U.S.C. 9701), and secs. 103 and 404, Pub. L. 103-465, 108 Stat. 4819 (19 U.S.C. 3513 and 3601).

2. Appendices 1, 2 and 3 to Subpart—Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing are revised to read as follows: Appendices 1-3 to Subpart—Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Articles Subject to: Appendix 1, Historical Licenses; Appendix 2, Nonhistorical Licenses; and Appendix 3, Designated Importer Licenses for Quota Year 2012 [Quantities in kilograms] Article by additional U.S. Note No. and country of
  • origin
  • Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Sum of
  • Appendix
  • 1&2
  • Appendix 3 Tokyo R. Uruguay R. Harmonized tariff schedule
    NON-CHEESE ARTICLES BUTTER (G-NOTE 6) 4,733,992 2,243,008 6,977,000 6,977,000 EU-25 75,000 21,161 96,161 New Zealand 110,045 40,548 150,593 Other Countries 41,970 31,965 73,935 Any Country 4,506,977 2,149,334 6,656,311 DRIED SKIM MILK (K-NOTE 7) 5,261,000 5,261,000 5,261,000 Australia 600,076 600,076 Canada 219,565 219,565 Any Country 4,441,359 4,441,359 DRIED WHOLE MILK (H-NOTE 8) 3,175 3,318,125 3,321,300 3,321,300 New Zealand 3,175 3,175 Any Country 3,318,125 3,318,125 DRIED BUTTERMILK/WHEY (M-NOTE 12) 224,981 224,981 224,981 Canada 161,161 161,161 New Zealand 63,820 63,820 BUTTER SUBSTITUTES CONTAINING OVER 45 PERCENT OF BUTTERFAT AND/OR BUTTER OIL (SU-NOTE 14) 6,080,500 6,080,500 6,080,500 Any Country 6,080,500 6,080,500 TOTAL: NON-CHEESE ARTICLES 4,737,167 17,127,614 21,864,781 21,864,781 CHEESE ARTICLES CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE (EXCEPT: SOFT RIPENED COW'S MILK CHEESE; CHEESE NOT CONTAINING COW'S MILK; CHEESE (EXCEPT COTTAGE CHEESE) CONTAINING 0.5 PERCENT OR LESS BY WEIGHT OF BUTTERFAT; AND, ARTICLES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF OTHER IMPORT QUOTAS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SUBCHAPTER) (OT-NOTE 16) 21,419,738 10,049,993 31,469,731 9,661,128 7,496,000 48,626,859 Argentina 7,690 0 7,690 92,310 100,000 Australia 535,628 5,542 541,170 758,830 1,750,000 3,050,000 Canada 977,439 163,561 1,141,000 1,141,000 Costa Rica 0 1,550,000 1,550,000 EU-25 15,729,427 7,538,229 23,267,656 1,132,568 3,446,000 27,846,224 Of which Portugal is: 65,838 63,471 129,309 223,691 353,000 Israel 79,696 0 79,696 593,304 673,000 Iceland 294,000 0 294,000 29,000 323,000 New Zealand 2,910,180 1,905,292 4,815,472 6,506,528 11,322,000 Norway 124,982 25,018 150,000 150,000 Switzerland 593,952 77,460 671,412 548,588 500,000 1,720,000 Uruguay 0 250,000 250,000 Other Countries 100,906 100,729 201,635 201,635 Any Country 300,000 300,000 300,000 BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (EXCEPT STILTON PRODUCED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM) AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (B-NOTE 17) 2,283,646 197,355 2,481,001 430,000 2,911,001 Argentina 2,000 0 2,000 2,000 EU-25 2,281,646 197,354 2,479,000 350,000 2,829,000 Chile 80,000 80,000 Other Countries 1 1 1 CHEDDAR CHEESE, AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, CHEDDAR CHEESE (C-NOTE 18) 2,795,016 1,488,840 4,283,856 519,033 7,620,000 12,422,889 Australia 902,462 82,037 984,499 215,501 1,250,000 2,450,000 Chile 0 220,000 220,000 EU-25 52,404 210,596 263,000 1,050,000 1,313,000 New Zealand 1,737,605 1,058,863 2,796,468 303,532 5,100,000 8,200,000 Other Countries 102,545 37,344 139,889 139,889 Any Country 100,000 100,000 100,000 AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE, INCLUDING COLBY, WASHED CURD AND GRANULAR CHEESE (BUT NOT INCLUDING CHEDDAR) AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING OR PROCESSED FROM SUCH AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE (A-NOTE 19) 2,688,157 477,396 3,165,553 357,003 3,522,556 Australia 761,890 119,108 880,998 119,002 1,000,000 EU-25 145,147 208,853 354,000 354,000 New Zealand 1,630,479 131,520 1,761,999 238,001 2,000,000 Other Countries 150,641 17,915 168,556 168,556 EDAM AND GOUDA CHEESE, AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, EDAM AND GOUDA CHEESE (E-NOTE 20) 4,910,073 696,329 5,606,402 1,210,000 6,816,402 Argentina 110,495 14,505 125,000 110,000 235,000
    EU-25 4,680,498 608,502 5,289,000 1,100,000 6,389,000 Norway 114,318 52,682 167,000 167,000 Other Countries 4,762 20,640 25,402 25,402 ITALIAN-TYPE CHEESES, MADE FROM COW'S MILK, (ROMANO MADE FROM COW'S MILK, REGGIANO, PARMESAN, PROVOLONE, PROVOLETTI, SBRINZ, AND GOYA-NOT IN ORIGINAL LOAVES) AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, SUCH ITALIAN-TYPE CHEESES, WHETHER OR NOT IN ORIGINAL LOAVES (D-NOTE 21) 6,402,630 1,117,917 7,520,547 795,517 5,165,000 13,481,064 Argentina 3,910,738 214,745 4,125,483 367,517 1,890,000 6,383,000 EU-25 2,491,892 890,108 3,382,000 2,025,000 5,407,000 Romania 0 500,000 500,000 Uruguay 0 428,000 750,000 1,178,000 Other Countries 13,064 13,064 13,064 SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE OTHER THAN WITH EYE FORMATION, GRUYERE-PROCESS CHEESE AND CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE CONTAINING, OR PROCESSED FROM, SUCH CHEESES (GR-NOTE 22) 5,264,929 1,386,385 6,651,314 823,519 380,000 7,854,833 EU-25 3,995,739 1,156,255 5,151,994 393,006 380,000 5,925,000 Switzerland 1,235,692 183,795 1,419,487 430,513 1,850,000 Other Countries 33,498 46,335 79,833 79,833 CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE, CONTAINING 0.5 PERCENT OR LESS BY WEIGHT OF BUTTERFAT (EXCEPT ARTICLES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF OTHER TARIFF-RATE QUOTAS PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SUBCHAPTER), AND MARGARINE CHEESE (LF-NOTE 23) 1,840,852 2,584,056 4,424,918 1,050,000 5,474,908 EU-25 1,840,852 2,584,055 4,424,907 4,424,907 Israel 0 50,000 50,000 New Zealand 0 1,000,000 1,000,000 Other Countries 1 1 1 SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE WITH EYE FORMATION (SW-NOTE 25) 15,565,737 6,731,594 22,297,331 9,557,945 2,620,000 34,475,276 Argentina 9,115 9,115 70,885 80,000 Australia 209,698 0 209,698 290,302 500,000 Canada 0 70,000 70,000 EU-25 11,155,483 5,321,345 16,476,828 4,003,172 2,420,000 22,900,000 Iceland 149,999 0 149,999 150,001 300,000 Israel 27,000 0 27,000 27,000 Norway 3,187,264 468,046 3,655,310 3,227,690 6,883,000 Switzerland 776,708 907,397 1,684,105 1,745,895 200,000 3,630,000 Other Countries 59,585 25,691 85,276 85,276 TOTAL: CHEESE ARTICLES 63,170,778 24,729,865 87,900,653 22,764,145 24,921,000 135,585,788 TOTAL: CHEESE ARTICLES & NON-CHEESE ARTICLES 67,907,945 41,857,479 109,765,434 22,764,145 24,921,000 157,450,569