Malawi’s Sugar Exports to the United States Increase

Lilongwe, August 21 – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today announced that Malawi’s country-specific allocation of the tariff-rate quota for raw cane sugar imports to the United States has increased by 45% in fiscal year 2017.  “Malawi exported $10.7 million worth of sugar to the United States in 2016, an increase of 25% from 2015.  This quota increase for fiscal year 2017 could mean an additional $4 million worth of Malawian sugar exports to the United States.  The United States remains committed to increasing trade between the United States and Malawi,” said Ambassador Palmer.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative recently announced country-specific reallocations and additional volume allocations of the fiscal year 2017 World Trade Organization tariff-rate quota (TRQ) for imported raw cane sugar.  The additional allocation for Malawi represents a 45% increase in the TRQ for fiscal year 2017.

TRQs allow countries to export specified quantities of a product to the United States at a relatively low tariff.   Malawi’s initial TRQ for fiscal year 2017 was 10, 530 MTRV (metric tons raw value).  Malawi has received 1,327 MTRV in re-allocation and 2,622 MTRV in increased allocation, for a total of 4,728 MTRV additional for fiscal year 2017.

Sugar is Malawi’s third largest export to the United States, following tobacco and tea.  Other significant exports include coffee, macadamia nuts, and apparel.  Since 2013, sugar exports from Malawi to the United States have more than tripled, accounting for 14% of Malawi’s total exports to the United States.  Malawi exported $75.6 million worth of goods to the United States in 2016, while it imported $46.6 million from the United States.

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Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy