World sugar exporters prep review of India, EU, Pakistan support programmes

Raw sugar prices traded in New York are languishing near 2015 lows as global supplies swell


Reuters May 10, 2018
AN investigation twas launched earlier this year as to whether the EU, India and Pakistan are in violation of WTO rules PHOTO: REUTERS

NEWYORK: The world’s top sugar exporters have initiated a legal review of government supports in the European Union, India and Pakistan that may violate World Trade Organization restrictions on direct subsidies, according to an industry executive.

The Global Sugar Alliance launched an investigation this year into whether the EU, India and Pakistan are in violation of WTO rules, with plans to conclude by July, the group’s secretary, Warren Males, told Reuters along the sidelines of New York 'Sugar Week.' The group represents top exporting nations, including Brazil, Australia and Thailand.

Pakistan to boycott WTO meeting in India

Members of the Global Sugar Alliance met during the annual industry conference in New York, with plans to reconvene after finishing the review, Males said. The group will discuss next steps, with plans to ask their governments to either step up talks with counterparts in the EU, India and Pakistan or to take action with the WTO, he said.

Govt decides to scrap sugarcane support price

“We had been weighing this for some time, but the issue became more pressing,” said Males, who is also the head of economics at Australia’s Canegrowers trade group.

UAE takes Pakistan to WTO over anti-dumping duty

Raw sugar prices traded in New York are languishing near 2015 lows as global supplies swell, outstripping production at record levels. That has the world’s millers and refiners churning out sugar for prices below production costs.

COMMENTS (1)

MS Bhatti | 3 years ago | Reply The sugar mafia exports sugar even cheaper than the local market. [Pakistanis][1] are sweeter by birth anyway.
Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read