The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) wishes to congratulate you on your confirmation as U.S. Trade Representative. We look forward to working with you and your team on issues relevant to trade in sugar, where the Office of U.S. Trade Representative plays a crucial role not only in negotiating with our trading partners, but also in administering sugar policy through your authority to reallocate raw and refined sugar tariff-rate quotas (TRQs). We need not tell you that USTR staff are consistently professional and accessible, and carry out their sugar-related duties with dedication and skill.

We appreciated the responses you provided to questions for the record from Senators Cassidy and Barrasso, dealing with various aspects of sugar policy. In particular, your commitment to work with industry stakeholders prior to any decisions to alter TRQ country allocations is welcome.

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