FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2015
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From the International Sweetener Symposium:
SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M.—Lawyers representing U.S. sugar producers today released a timeline of key dates in the anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases against Mexico’s sugar industry. Robert Cassidy, a partner with Cassidy Levy Kent, LLP in Washington, D.C., also gave attendees of the 32nd International Sweetener Symposium an update on where the process stands.
The U.S. sugar industry filed the cases in March 2014, alleging that subsidized Mexican sugar dumped onto the U.S. market depressed domestic prices and harmed efficient U.S. sugar producers and U.S. taxpayers.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), which examines subsidies and dumping by foreign trading partners, and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), which determines if injury is caused by such actions, sided with U.S. sugar producers in preliminary rulings made in 2014.
As a result, sugar shipments from Mexico had to pay estimated antidumping and countervailing duties while DOC and ITC conducted more thorough investigations. These investigations were temporarily suspended following an agreement between the U.S. and Mexican governments in December, but have since commenced.
Upcoming milestones in the process, according to Cassidy, include:
- Sept. 16: ITC to conduct a public hearing to explore how Mexico’s unfair trading actions have financially injured U.S. businesses and taxpayers.
Sept. 17: DOC to make public its final ruling on whether Mexico has subsidized sugar production and dumped sugar onto the U.S. market.
Oct: 20: ITC commissioners to vote on whether Mexican actions have injured Americans.
Nov. 2: ITC to issue a detailed report explaining its final injury ruling.
“We have a very strong case and remain confident that we will prevail,” Cassidy said. “It is clear that Mexico’s sugar industry has unfairly benefitted from subsidies and is dumping, and it is clear that U.S. sugarcane and sugarbeet farmers, sugarbeet processors and cane refiners have suffered as a result.”
If Mexico is found to have violated U.S. trade law, the negotiated settlement between the two governments to initially suspend the investigations will remain in effect.