SUA Letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack & USTR Tai (4-13-2022)

Dear Mr. Secretary and Madam Ambassador: We are writing to you jointly because both the Department of Agriculture and the Office of U.S. Trade Representative have important responsibilities for supplying the U.S. sugar market with adequate supplies at reasonable prices. USDA establishes and, when necessary, increases sugar tariff-rate quotas (TRQs), while USTR allocates TRQs among…

SUA Letter to AUS Hafemeister & DUS Greene – Hurricane Ida Sugar Supply Issue (8-30-21)

Dear Acting Under Secretary Hafemeister and Deputy Under Secretary Montaño Greene: At this writing, two major sugar refineries in Louisiana are shut down as a result of Hurricane Ida. According to Sosland Publishing, these two refineries account for approximately 15 percent of the U.S. sugar supply. With domestic raw sugar prices at multi-year highs, it…

Specialty Sugar TRQ – SUA Letter to Acting Under Secretary Jason Hafemeister & Deputy Under Secretary Gloria Montano Greene (7-6-2021)

Dear Acting Under Secretary Hafemeister and Deputy Under Secretary Montaño Greene: Recently, you have received conflicting letters from sugar market participants discussing potential changes to how the specialty sugar tariff-rate quota (TRQ) is administered. The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) appreciated the chance to discuss these potential changes with your staff recently and would like to…