Mexico sugar firm calls on President to protect industry from U.S. deals

5/19/2017 Reuters

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A Mexican sugar company on Friday called on the Mexican government to take action against American fructose producers and defend local sugarcane producers from agreements with the United States that regulate the sugar trade.

In a letter to President Enrique Pena Nieto, liquid sugar firm Sucroliq argued that 2014 “suspension agreements,” which ended a long-running trade dispute over sugar between the United States and Mexico, have hit local cane producers who have no voice in ongoing talks to modify the accords.

“The United States is doing the right thing, defending its farmers. In Mexico, they sacrifice them,” said the letter, signed by Sucroliq President Enrique Bojorquez. “They are the ones who have to absorb the cost of this negotiation,” he added.

The U.S. sugar industry pressed the U.S. Commerce Department late last year to withdraw from a 2014 agreement that sets prices and quotas for U.S. imports of Mexican sugar unless the deal could be renegotiated.

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