making a difference for dairy
Be Heard

Regulatory RoundUp

Get Involved

Advocacy: Dairy Counts

Join the Discussion

Dairy Forum

Dairy Delivers℠: The Economic Impact of Dairy Products
Advocacy: Dairy Counts
FDA Milk Safety Memoranda
Tariff Schedules
Buyers' Guide
Member Hotlines
Dairy Market Prices
Quick Links

Dairy Facts 2016

USDA Announces TRQ Reallocations for U.S. Dairy Importers

Sep 13, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture published this week a list of licenses that were unused by U.S. dairy importers under the 2017 tariff-rate quota (TRQ) system. Each license authorizes the holder to import a certain quantity and type of dairy product from a foreign country under the TRQ. USDA is reallocating unused licenses for the remainder of 2017, and Friday is the last day for dairy importers to apply for them in the first round. No second round has been announced. Oct. 2 is the last day for dairy importers to surrender their unused licenses for 2017.

The application window for a 2018 import license is September 1 to October 16, 2017. Dairy importers may log in to USDA’s DAIRIES system to apply for 2018 licenses and to either surrender or apply for reallocation of 2017 licenses.

Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis. USDA uses the annual licenses to calculate the amount of a given product entering the United States and subsequently determines the tariff rate for imported product. No license is required to import products at the high-tier rate.

“While TRQ rates and quantities vary, licenses are required for most dairy products,” said Beth Hughes, IDFA director of international affairs. “However, soft-ripened cheeses like Brie or cow’s milk products imported under a Free Trade Agreement that fall under a ‘first come, first-served’ system are exempt.”

USDA also announced this week that U.S. companies importing dairy products under the 2018 TRQ system will now be charged a $300 fee per license granted, a $50 increase from 2017. Fees will be due by March 15, 2018.

Read, “Dairy Tariff-Rate Quota Import Licensing - Program Information.”

For more information, contact Hughes at

Dairy Delivers