U.S. Increases Import Quota for Sugar and Beet

Authorization has been given for the purchase of 550,000 tons of sugar cane and 100,000 tons of sugar beet for the current season.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The new allocation established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), represents an increase of about 50% on the existing quota of 1.32 million tonnes.

"Among the reasons for the increase of the quota, is the reduction of local production and the abrupt change in market conditions since sugar mills in the United States initiated a trade dispute with Mexico two months ago. Since filing the complaint against the Mexican plants in late March, local prices have gone up by 16%... ".

Reuters.com states: "The additional allocations are part of the so-called tariff quotas (TRQ), which allows imports from countries such as Brazil, Thailand, the Philippines ... The Dominican Republic and Central American producers could benefit from the opportunity to sell more sugar to the United States. Colombia, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic are countries that could make sales, traders said."

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