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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announced last week that the total amount of tariff-rate quota shares for cheese surrendered for the 2007 quota year is 21,441,352 kilograms. This means that the total amount of cheese quota shares surrendered increased by 34.0% as compared to last year when a total of 16,001,977 kilograms were surrendered. In all, 15.8% of the total U.S. dairy tariff-rate import quota for cheese were surrendered by licensees in 2007, up from 11.8% in 2006, 8.4% in 2005 and only 6.0% in 2004.

Of particular interest is the fact that just four articles accounted for 59.4% of the total quota shares for cheese surrendered during the 2007 quota year. Specifically, EU Swiss-Emmenthal (5,401,561 kilograms), EU Lowfat (2,664,843 kilograms), Argentine Italian-Type (2,576,308 kilograms) and EU Other Cheese-NSPF (2,090,777 kilograms).

The amount of quota shares for the five non-cheese dairy products surrendered during 2007 (i.e., butter, dried skim milk, dried whole milk, dried buttermilk/whey and butter substitutes) totaled 5,315,751 kilograms as compared to 5,094,525 kilograms in 2006 and only 2,493,647 kilograms in 2005. This means that the amount of non-cheese dairy products surrendered in 2007 increased by 4.3% as compared to the prior year.

The following chart lists in order of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Note Number, the country of origin and quantity (in kilograms) of each article surrendered:

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