Dear Under Secretary Bonnie, Acting Under Secretary Hafemeister and Assistant USTR Callahan:

On behalf of the Sweetener Users Association (SUA), thank you for your continued management of U.S. sugar policies. Our member companies, who use sugar in their food and beverage manufacturing business, rely on the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to strike a balance between the interests of producers, consumers, refiners and industrial users in administering the complex and restrictive policies that govern U.S. sugar sales and imports.

Despite previous policy actions by your agencies and the Department of Commerce, U.S. sugar supplies remain historically tight. Official USDA statistics no longer accurately reflect the condition of the sugar market, for complex reasons. Consider that –

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