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QB 19-015 2019 CAFTA Agriculture


Agricultural products described in Chapter 98, Subchapter XXII, U.S. Note 24, U.S. Note 25; and Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Notes 4 through 14, of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)

The DR-CAFTA contains quantitative restraints associated with a reduced duty rate for agricultural products that meet the requirements for a "qualifying good." A qualifying good is one that meets the product specific rule of origin; however, U.S. materials or inputs are considered to be of a non-Party, i.e., U.S. materials are considered non-originating.  The tariff rate quotas (TRQs) cover products such as sugar, sugar-containing products, beef, peanuts, peanut butter, cheese, milk powder, butter, other dairy products, ice cream, milk, cream, sour cream and ethyl alcohol.


January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019


WEDNESDAY, January 2, 2019


Not all TRQs apply to every CAFTA country. 

Chapter 98, Subchapter XXII, U.S. Note 24

Costa Rica 2,000,000 kg

Chapter 98, Subchapter XXII, U.S. Note 25

Costa Rica13,680,000 kg
Dominican Republic 0 kg   
El Salvador   35,360,000 kg
Guatemala48,880,000 kg
Honduras  10,080,000 kg
Nicaragua  27,720,000 kg


Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 4*   (Beef)

Costa Rica17,062,000 kg
Dominican Republic  2,880,000 kg
El Salvador   170,000 kg
Honduras 850,000 kg
Nicaragua  17,000,000 kg

*The quantities in this note shall be available only after the quantity allocated to "Other countries or areas" under additional U.S. note 3 to chapter 2 to the tariff schedule is filled for the year.

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 5 (Milk, Cream)

Costa Rica768,329 L
El Salvador691,496 L   
Guatemala576,246 L
Honduras1,056,452 L
Nicaragua480,205 L 

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 6 (Butter, Sour Cream)

Costa Rica   94,000 kg
El Salvador 113,000 kg 
Honduras189,000 kg    

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 7 (Dried Milk, Cream)

Costa Rica  94,000 kg  

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 8 (Other Dairy)

Costa Rica 283,000 kg 
Dominican Republic 240,000 kg   
El Salvador226,000 kg   
Guatemala471,000 kg   
Nicaragua  189,000 kg 

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 9 (Dairy)                                               

Dominican Republic  

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 10 (Cheese)

Costa Rica        566,000 kg  
Dominican Republic 900,000 kg  
El Salvador 849,000 kg
Guatemala 943,000 kg
Honduras  660,000 kg 
Nicaragua1,179,000 kg  

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 11 (Cheese)          

Nicaragua  471,000 kg

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 12 (Peanuts)

El Salvador  8,255,000 kg
Nicaragua 19,900,000 kg 

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 13 (Peanut Butter)

Nicaragua  644,000 kg 

Chapter 99, Subchapter XV, U.S. Note 14 (Ice Cream)

Costa Rica  183,072 L 
Dominican Republic349,513 L    
El Salvador El Salvador El Salvador El Salvador146,458 L   
Guatemala 366,144 L
Honduras 91,536 L  
Nicaragua 503,488 L 


Use “P+” as the primary special program indicator.

Use entry type code 02, 06, 07, 12, 23, 32, 38 or 52.

Report in units of measure as shown in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS).

Merchandise presented at the quota opening shall be reported and released via the ACS quota module until a “hold” status is indicated.

All raw cane sugar must be sampled in accordance with Customs Directive 3820-001B, dated May 01, 2007.


No further editions of this QBT for Dominican Republic – Central America – United States

Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) – 2014 Limits for Agriculture Products will be issued until amendments in agreements or changes in quota amounts occur.

Questions from the importing community regarding this electronic message should be referred to the local CBP port.  The port may refer questions through email to HQ QUOTA.

Last Modified: Dec 18, 2018