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May 26, 2017

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US Commerce Says It May Collect Sugar Anti Dumping Duties on Mexico

Sugar BeetThe U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) yesterday announced that it would end the anti-dumping and countervailing duty suspension agreements in place with Mexico and impose duties on Mexican sugar beginning June 5, unless the two countries can reach an accord before then to stop Mexico’s unfair trading practices. The announcement comes following the failure of the US and Mexico to reach a new suspension agreement to limit Mexican sugar imports into the U.S.

Sources from the US say the talks failed to make headway after running into an impasse on how much raw versus refined sugar would be allowed as well as what sucrose level constitutes “refined”.  Mexico contends that the failure is due to excessive demands from US producers that have impeded the ability to reach a solution.

Phillip Hayes, a spokesman for the American Sugar Alliance, released the following statement about the announcement:

“We are grateful that the DOC is moving to bring the Mexican sugar industry into compliance with the U.S. trade laws that they were found guilty of breaking.  But, Mexico has been unwilling to take the steps necessary to fully remedy the injury they created and instead are demanding the right to continue dumping sugar onto the U.S. market.

For far too long, the unfair trade practices of Mexico’s inefficient, subsidized industry have punished efficient American sugar farmers and workers. We’ve lost more than $4 billion in revenue since their dumping began. Hawaii ceased sugar production in December after more than a century in the business, and more U.S. farms and factories are facing the same fate.

The time has come to stand up for U.S. jobs.  We will continue to work closely with the DOC to ensure that Mexico is playing by the rules and not endangering America’s 142,000 sugar farmers and workers in 22 states.”

In 2015, the U.S. government ruled that Mexico violated U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws by subsidizing and dumping more than 2 million tons of sugar onto the market, thus harming American producers – a judgment that would have resulted in punitive duties of more than 80 percent.

The two governments negotiated agreements suspending those penalty duties. The agreements were supposed to stop the injury caused by Mexico’s dumping and subsidization, but after two years, the DOC recognized that the agreements were not working and is trying to revise them.

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Kansas Winter Wheat Crop Hit Hard By Late Spring Blizzard – AUDIO

The western Kansas wheat crop was buried over the weekend from the spring snowstorm that covered much of western Kansas under 8-14″ of snow. David Schemm is President of the National Association of Wheat Growers from the Sharon Springs, Kansas. He says the heaviest snow hit their area Sunday morning with low visibilities thanks to 60 mph winds. He’s anticipating significant loss to his wheat…

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Schemm went on to say there are a few farmers with corn planted who are concerned about re-planting and now have a shorter window to get the rest of the corn planted. He says they are still without electricity and will be for a while as crews continue to work in the Western Kansas area.

Schemm talks about what’s next…

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The Wheat Quality Tour was already scheduled to kick off on Tuesday of this week and that will continue.  Over 80 participants are expected to cover most of Kansas with stops for sampling planned for every 15 miles.  The tour will reach the worst affected areas on Wednesday.

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