United States – USDA unlikely to raise sugar import quota in 2012/13

The US government is unlikely to raise the quota for no- or low-tariff sugar imports for the first time in four years, due to increased domestic production, a source within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) told DJ.

While US sugarcane and sugar beet growers produce most of the country’s supply of the sweetener, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) requires the US to allow a minimum of 1.23 mln short tons of no- or low-tariff raw sugar imports each year. The USDA usually chooses to allow more than the minimum, a decision the USDA makes after April 1.

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