Photo: sugar cane field
Mexico’s government blasted an anti-dumping complaint filed by U.S. sugar producers against Mexican exporters and said it would defend the rights of its domestic industry.
The Agriculture Secretariat said in a statement that the American Sugar Alliance, which represent U.S. sugar beet and sugar cane growers, filed a petition Friday with the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission urging those agencies to initiate an investigation into Mexican exports.
“We deeply regret the U.S. industry’s decision, which is contrary to the spirit of cooperation that has marked the relationship between the two countries in the sweetener industry, and could seriously disrupt the delicate balance that exists in the trade of these products,” the secretariat said.
It recalled that the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been implemented gradually since coming into force on Jan. 1, 1994, created an integrated North American sweetener market in which Mexico exports sugar to the United States and imports high-fructose corn syrup from its northern neighbor.
The actions of the U.S. sugar industry “have the potential to affect a significant number of families in Mexico who are employed in this activity, as well as damage those U.S. productive sectors that depend on Mexican sugar as a production input, such as the pastry and confectionery industry,” the secretariat said.
The government will exhaust every available legal avenue in defense of Mexican industry’s rights, it added.
In its petition, the American Sugar Alliance accused Mexican exporters of dumping cheap, subsidized supplies on the U.S. market and said those imports could cost U.S. sugar producers nearly $1 billion in net income in the 2013-14 crop year.