FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Phillip Hayes, 202-507-8303
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) yesterday granted standing to Imperial Sugar Co. and AmCane Sugar LLC in the antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) cases filed last year against Mexico’s sugar industry. The AD/CVD cases had been suspended following an agreement reached between the U.S. and Mexican governments, but will recommence as a result of the latest DOC decision.
The American Sugar Alliance supports the governments’ suspension agreements and its spokesman, Phillip Hayes, issued the following statement in response to the latest decision:
- “The DOC’s decision to continue investigating the Mexican sugar industry is disappointing since the vast majority of parties involved, including the U.S. and Mexican governments, had reached an amicable settlement.
“That being said, we remain confident in the strength of the underlying AD/CVD cases filed last year. It is clear that Mexican sugar producers gained an unfair trading advantage through dumping and subsidization and that those acts materially injured U.S. sugar producers and U.S. taxpayers. Both the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission have issued preliminary rulings in our favor, and we are confident that the final decisions after the investigation will follow suit.”
The DOC must make a final determination about dumping and subsidization within 135 days, and during that time, terms of the agreed-upon settlement will remain in place.
For more information about the American Sugar Alliance, visit www.sugaralliance.org