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Mexico: Proposed Sugar Suspension Agreement
August 11, 2014


    While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hopes for the U.S. and Mexico to "reach a mutually beneficial agreement that protects our domestic sugar producers and provides consumers with an abundant supply of affordable sugar," members of Congress and the Coalition for Sugar Reform are protesting the suspension agreement in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of sugar from Mexico.  Representatives and Senators sent letters to Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stating that such an agreement would only harm the U.S. economy.  The Coalition for Sugar Reform agrees that the settlement "would hurt American consumers and businesses while putting the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship- one that is important to a broad range of industries- at risk." 

    Representatives and senators sent letters to the Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack stating that an agreement would only harm the U.S. economy.  One letter signed by 63 bipartisan leaders argued that under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), barriers to sugar trade between the two countries were supposed to be removed as of 2008.  They also argue that “U.S. manufacturers and their employees” could be harmed by an agreement.  The Coalition for Sugar Reform agrees that the settlement “would hurt American consumers and businesses while putting the U.S.-Mexico trade relationship- one that is important to a broad range of industries- at risk.”  

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