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Beef and veal TRQ: Returns and Re-allocation of Returns

To all allocation holders under the Beef and Veal Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ):

The utilization rate for the beef and veal TRQ has averaged around 59% over the past five years.  In order to encourage greater utilization of the beef and veal TRQ in the 2014 quota year, the Department is requesting all allocation holders who do not foresee using their allocation, or any portion thereof, to inform the Department as soon as possible in writing at the following address:  Early returns will facilitate maximum and orderly utilization of the TRQ and, as per the policy set out in the Notice to Importers (Beef and Veal) No. 846, will not prejudice applications for a share of the beef and veal TRQ for 2015.

In the interests of transparency and fairness, the Department will publish the amount of quota available for re-allocation each Wednesday morning, starting June 11, 2014, on its website: Export and Import Controls.

The Department will accept applications for the available quota on a first come first served basis each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. eastern standard  time, starting June 11, 2014.  Multiple applications from one applicant for any particular week will be rejected.  Returns will be re-allocated to applicants on a load-by-load basis (to a maximum of 26,000 kilograms per load) until the entire amount has been re-allocated.

Applications for re-allocation of returned quota must be sent electronically to the following address:
Each application for re-allocations will be evaluated on its own merits and must include the following:

  • Company name
  • EIPA number
  • Contact information
  • Maximum quantity requested
  • Percentage of initial allocation utilized

If there is no quota available for re-allocation in any particular week, applications for re-allocation that week will be rejected.  There is currently no quota available for re-allocation.  Accordingly, the Department is releasing the applications for re-allocation that have been received to date. 
Please be advised that the Department will not normally accept applications for re-allocated amounts from applicants who have not fully utilized their initial allocation.

Allocation holders are encouraged to review section 13.0 (Import Permit Issuance) of Notice to Importers No. 846.  As set out in section 13.7, import permits will not normally be extended beyond the 30 days validity period in the case where there is no remaining availability in the MFN pool.