American sugar producers file petitions

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

WASHINGTON - America’s sugar producers recently asked the United States government to take corrective action against Mexico’s sugar industry for dumping subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market and inflicting harm on U.S. growers and taxpayers.

The antidumping and countervailing duty petitions filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce allege that the Mexican industry has shipped sugar to the United States at dumping margins of 40 percent or more and has received substantial subsidies from Mexican federal and state governments.

All told, these actions cost U.S. sugar producers nearly $1 billion in net income for the 2012/2013 crop year, according to the filings.

The North American Free Trade Agreement “gives Mexico the right to export sugar to the United States on a tariff-free and quota-free basis - but that does not give the Mexican industry the right to export to the U.S. market at dumped prices, nor does it permit the Mexican government to subsidize its sugar industry without regard to the impact of those subsidies on U.S. producers,” the petitions read.