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QB 14-101 - Sugar Certificate

A review of the ABI transmission of Sugar Certificates and Certificates of Quota Eligibility revealed that many certificates are being applied to the incorrect programs. To alleviate this problem the certificate number must be reviewed prior to accepting and processing quota. It is extremely important to remember World Trade Organization (WTO) sugar quotas are for fiscal year periods (F); Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and Trade Promotion Agreements (TPA) are for calendar year periods (C). The certificates have the same numbering format with 9 characters of letters (A) and numbers (N), ANAAAANNN.

First digit - "C" for Calendar year or "F" for Fiscal year

Second digit - Last number of year

Third digit - "W" WTO, "T" TPA, "F" FTA

Fourth and fifth digit - ISO Country code (for example "CO" for Colombia)

Sixth digit - Type of sugar or certificate ("C, G, S, or R")

Seventh to ninth digit - Serial number beginning with 101

For the 2014 sugar reporting periods the United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service has included verbiage to clarify the appropriate classification and program for that certificate as showed indicated below:

The certificate number should be transmitted ABI. Entries are to be rejected for correction if the certificate is used for the wrong programs. USDA Sugar Certificates are not required when Mexico is the country of origin. Dominican Republic - Central American Free Trade Agreement sugar quota does not require a USDA Sugar Certificate. The certificate is optional for Warehouse (entry type 21 and 22) and Temporary Importation Bond (TIB, entry type 23).

To report the over-quota rate use the appropriate tariff number without the Chapter 98 or 99 tariff number and certificate. An ABI warning may appear but the entry will still be accepted without the certificate number.

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

Last modified: 
January 24, 2014