NAFTA Negotiations Should Expand Sugar Trade and Support U.S. Food, Confectionery Industry Jobs

Washington, DC (June 27, 2017) – Negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should include market-opening provisions on sugar, testified the Sweetener Users Association (SUA) and the National Confectioners Association (NCA) during a hearing today held by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Representatives from both associations detailed the need for…

Testimony by Bill O’Conner, Senior Agriculture Policy Advisor, Sweetener Users Association to the USTR Hearing on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico

The Sweeteners Users Association (SUA) commends the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for soliciting comments and testimony from the various sectors of the economy on the negotiating objectives for modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. We welcome the opportunity to testify today on the views of SUA…

SUA Submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce Re: Draft Price Suppression and Statutory Memoranda to A-201-845 – Amendment to the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation on Sugar from Mexico

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the draft memoranda on price suppression and the statutory analysis of the proposed amendment to the antidumping (AD) agreement on the investigation of sugar from Mexico. SUA’s members are food and beverage companies that use sugar and other caloric sweeteners in manufacturing their products,…

Fronteras: New Sugar Trade Deal With Mexico Bitter For Beverage Bottlers, Not For Alternative Sweetener Makers

Businesses in the American and Mexican food and beverage industry are finding it difficult to swallow the new agreement for trading sugar between the two countries. The deal seems to be palatable for one sector: producers of alternative sweeteners, including at least one company in Arizona. … For packaged food makers and soda companies, overall…

SUA Submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce Re: A-201-845 and C-201-846 – Amendments to Agreements Suspending the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations on Sugar from Mexico

SUA’s members are food and beverage companies that use sugar and other caloric sweeteners in manufacturing their products, as well as trade associations representing these companies. Food companies that use significant amount of sugar in their operations employ 600,000 Americans directly, and account for many more jobs when economic multiplier effects are taken into account.…

June 2017 Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook

The June World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reduced projected U.S. sugar supplies by 430,000 short tons, raw value (STRV) to 13.606 million STRV for 2017/18. Reduced supplies are due to a 527,000-STRV reduction in projected imports—all of which is due to fewer imports from Mexico. The reduction of imports is partially offset by…

Sweetener Users Submit NAFTA Recommendations

Washington, DC (June 12, 2017) – In comments submitted in response to the request for comments by Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on objectives for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), America’s sweetener users urged negotiators to expand, not further restrict, trade. The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) wrote:  “We…

SUA Submission to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Re: Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico

These written comments are submitted on behalf of the Sweetener Users Association (SUA) in response to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) request for comments on “matters relevant to the modernization of [the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)] in order to inform the development of U.S. negotiating positions.” SUA commends USTR for…