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,…

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.…

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…

Bipartisan Letter from 10 Members of the U.S. Senate to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Re: U.S.-Mexico Suspension Agreements

We write today about the ongoing negotiations with Mexico regarding the antidumping and countervailing duty cases against Mexican sugar imports. As Senators who represent states with a large presence of food and beverage manufacturers, we are concerned that any trade renegotiation will increase sugar prices in the United States and hurt American consumers. It is…

Bipartisan Letter from 51 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Re: U.S.-Mexico Suspension Agreements

On May 1, the Department of Commerce declared that after reaching “an impasse” in talks with Mexico on sugar trade disputes, the U.S. government has decided to “resume the collection of antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on sugar imports on June 5, 2017, unless an agreement is reached.” We write to you to express…

SUA Submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce Re: Comments Regarding Causes of Significant Trade Deficits for 2016

The Administration’s inquiry into the causes of significant trade deficits affords an opportunity to consider the deleterious effects of U.S. sugar policies on the export prospects of other U.S. agricultural commodities. If past trade agreements have often failed to completely open foreign markets to U.S. farm goods, one reason is that the United States negotiates…

SUA Letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Re: the U.S.-Mexico Suspension Agreements

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) appreciates the efforts of the Department of Commerce (DOC), in consultation with the Department of Agriculture (USDA), to renegotiate agreements with Mexico that have suspended antidumping and countervailing duties that would otherwise be imposed on sugar imported from that nation. The current suspension agreements, negotiated by the previous Administration, have…

SUA Submission to the U.S. International Trade Commission Re: The Economic Effects of Significant U.S. Import Restraints

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) appreciates the opportunity to present information on the economic impact of U.S. sugar program import restraints on the U.S. sugar and sweetener sector and the food and beverage industries that use the majority of these key food ingredients. SUA’s membership includes a broad range of food and beverage manufacturers, along…