Sugar Program: Changing the Method for Setting Import Quotas Could Reduce Cost to Usersby Robert E. Robertson, Richard Cheston
In 1998, U.S. consumers used 9.9 million tons of sugar, 16% of which was imported. The amount of sugar imported into the U.S. is determined annually by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), which administers the U.S. sugar program. The U.S. Trade Rep. (USTR), working with USDA, allocates shares of the tariff-rate quota among 40 countries. This report examines USDAs & USTRs administration of the tariff-quota for imported sugar (IS) & its effect on U.S. cane sugar refiners & consumers. Describes & evaluates: USDAs procedures for setting the tariff-quota for IS, & USTRs procedures for allocating the quota among sugar-producing countries. Tables.
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