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Quotas Administered by Other Agencies

Watches and Watch Movements

The Departments of Interior and Commerce administer import quotas on watches and watch movements from U.S. insular possessions that are admissible free of duty under General Note 3(a) (iv), U.S. Legal Note 5 to Chapter 91 of the HTSUS on a licensing basis. Information may be obtained from:

Statutory Import Programs Staff
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC 20230
Telephone (202) 482-1661

Dairy Products

Certain dairy products are subject to annual import quotas administered by the Department of Agriculture and may be imported at the in quota duty rate only under import licenses issued by that Department. Detailed information on the licensing of these products, or the conditions under which limited quantities of the products may be imported without licenses, may be obtained from:

Dairy Import Group
Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC 20250
Telephone (202) 720-9439

Dairy products subject to licensing are:

  • American Type Cheese (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 19)
  • Blue Mold Cheese (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 17)
  • Butter and Fresh or Sour Cream (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 6)
  • Butter Substitutes (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 14)
  • Cheddar Cheese (Except Canadian Cheddar) (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 18)
  • Cheeses and Substitutes for Cheese (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 16)
  • Cheese and Substitutes for Cheese (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 23)
  • Dried Milk (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 7)
  • Dried Milk or Dried Cream (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 8)
  • Dried Milk, Dried Cream, Dried Whey (up to 224,981 kilograms) (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 12)
  • Edam and Gouda Cheese (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 20)
  • Italian Type Cheese (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 21)
  • Swiss or Emmentaler Cheese (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 22)
  • Swiss or Emmentaler Cheese (Chapter 4, Additional U.S. Note 25)

Note: These products may be imported at the over quota duty rate without an import license.

Earned Import Allowance Programs

CITA administers the Earned Import Allowance Programs to provide benefits to designated countries. Currently, programs have been established for the Dominican Republic (HTS 9822.06.05) and Haiti (HTS 9820.62.25). For each 2 (Dominican Republic) or 3 (Haiti) square meters of U.S. fabric that was made from U.S. yarn and used to produce apparel that is imported into the U.S., the country accumulates credit through a web-based license program.

These credits allow the country to use 1 square meter of foreign fabric to form apparel for which duty free benefits can be claimed upon importation into the U.S. For more information, see the Office of Textile and Apparel web site, in particular the program pages for the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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