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…

SUA Letter to Leaders of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in Support of Ambassador Robert Lighthizer’s Nomination to Serve as U.S. Trade Representative

On behalf of the Sweetener Users Association, I write to respectfully urge your favorable consideration of Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer for the post of United States Trade Representative (USTR). Ambassador Lighthizer’s decades-long involvement in major trade policy issues make him eminently qualified to serve in this critical role. SUA members are directly affected by trade…

SUA Letter to Leaders of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee in Support of Governor Sonny Perdue’s Nomination as to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

The Sweetener Users Association comprises companies that are directly affected by many policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including USDA’s administration of the federal sugar program. While we have often been critical of the structure of current sugar policy, we have also worked closely with USDA officials to encourage program administration that is balanced…

Letter from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker Re: U.S.-Mexico Suspension Agreements

It appears efforts are being made to change the most recent Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Suspension Agreement with Mexico to require sugar imported from Mexico to be sold only to refineries that granulate and crystalize sugar. This is problematic because there are sugar refineries in the U.S. that only produce liquid sugar, which is used…

SUA Letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Re: U.S.-Mexico Suspension Agreements

Even before the next farm bill is written, sugar markets have unfortunately been further distorted by the suspension agreements between the United States and Mexico. Although these agreements are preferable in theory to the antidumping and countervailing duties that would otherwise apply to Mexican sugar, the pacts badly need to be renegotiated and changed to…

Letter from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker Re: U.S.-Mexico Suspension Agreements

I write to express concern that the Administration may be renegotiating its sugar suspension agreements with Mexico without allowing for public comment. Policy with economic implications of this magnitude deserves careful study and an opportunity for input from all affected. Since Implementation in December 2014, the sugar managed trade agreements between the United States and…