GOM witness testimony

Today, the Government of Mexico submitted testimony in support of the Mexican sugar industry before the U.S. International Trade Commission at its preliminary hearing concerning imports of sugar from Mexico in response to the antidumping and countervailing duties investigations.

Mexico indicated that the U.S. sugar industry has not been injured due to Mexican imports and reaffirmed that the antidumping and countervailing duties investigations could disrupt the delicate balance in trade of sweeteners between Mexico and the U.S.

Mexico also indicated that long-standing bilateral cooperation through mechanisms such as the U.S.–Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture, has enabled both countries to address their concerns in a collaborative and transparent environment. Mexico pointed out that it re-directed 1.1 million metric tons of sugar away from the U.S. to avoid disrupting the North American markets. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, recently acknowledged Mexico´s cooperation in this regard.

Mexico also highlighted that the government of Mexico recently established a sugar-ethanol program as part of an effort to develop a sustainable biofuels market, for which Mexico will be consuming domestic sugar cane.

Finally, Mexico’s testimony pointed out that the North American Free Trade Agreement created a highly integrated market for sweeteners and reaffirmed that it is a system that has worked and that can continue to work, for the benefit of producers, users and consumers of sweeteners in both countries.

Participants from the Mexican industry included representatives of the Camara Nacional de las Industrias Azucarera y Alcoholera (National Chamber of Sugar and Alcohol Industries) and Fondo de Empresas Expropiadas del Sector Azucarero (Fund of Expropriated Companies in the Sugar Sector), who shared with the USITC the legal, economic and factual reasons why the petition for this investigation is unfounded and thus, should be dismissed.