U.S. Official Tells International Sweetener Symposium: U.S. Very Likely to Designate Sugar as Sensitive Product in WTO

Aug 10, 2004, 01:00 ET from American Sugar Alliance

    VAIL, Colo., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A top government trade policy
 official told an international sweetener industry conference that the United
 States is "very likely" to designate sugar as a sensitive product in the Doha
 Round of World Trade Organization negotiations.
     Jim Grueff, assistant deputy administrator for trade policy in the U.S.
 Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, was participating in
 a panel at the International Sweetener Symposium being held here this week.
 The Symposium is sponsored by the American Sugar Alliance (ASA), the national
 coalition of growers, processors and refiners of sugarbeets and sugarcane,
 accounting for 146,000 American jobs in 19 states.
     Grueff was describing key elements of the framework agreement recently
 reached in Geneva to guide future Doha Round negotiations. He called this "the
 most important trade agreement on agriculture in a decade."
     Don Phillips, ASA trade adviser, who was also on the panel, said this is
 important to the U.S. sugar industry because sensitive products will not be
 subject to tariff cuts as severe as those that may be negotiated for other
 agricultural products.
     "The ASA supports the WTO process as the only viable way to address global
 sugar market distortions," Phillips said. "The U.S. is already one of the
 world's leading sugar importers, and the U.S. sugar industry believes that
 future changes in import policy should be linked to significant reduction or
 elimination of foreign subsidies, and other trade-distorting practices that
 affect sugar.  Otherwise, dumped and subsidized imports would depress U.S.
 market prices and make it impossible for the government to operate U.S. sugar
 policy at no cost to U.S. taxpayers."
     For more information on U.S. sugar policy visit
 http://www.sugaralliance.org.
 
 

SOURCE American Sugar Alliance
    VAIL, Colo., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A top government trade policy
 official told an international sweetener industry conference that the United
 States is "very likely" to designate sugar as a sensitive product in the Doha
 Round of World Trade Organization negotiations.
     Jim Grueff, assistant deputy administrator for trade policy in the U.S.
 Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, was participating in
 a panel at the International Sweetener Symposium being held here this week.
 The Symposium is sponsored by the American Sugar Alliance (ASA), the national
 coalition of growers, processors and refiners of sugarbeets and sugarcane,
 accounting for 146,000 American jobs in 19 states.
     Grueff was describing key elements of the framework agreement recently
 reached in Geneva to guide future Doha Round negotiations. He called this "the
 most important trade agreement on agriculture in a decade."
     Don Phillips, ASA trade adviser, who was also on the panel, said this is
 important to the U.S. sugar industry because sensitive products will not be
 subject to tariff cuts as severe as those that may be negotiated for other
 agricultural products.
     "The ASA supports the WTO process as the only viable way to address global
 sugar market distortions," Phillips said. "The U.S. is already one of the
 world's leading sugar importers, and the U.S. sugar industry believes that
 future changes in import policy should be linked to significant reduction or
 elimination of foreign subsidies, and other trade-distorting practices that
 affect sugar.  Otherwise, dumped and subsidized imports would depress U.S.
 market prices and make it impossible for the government to operate U.S. sugar
 policy at no cost to U.S. taxpayers."
     For more information on U.S. sugar policy visit
 http://www.sugaralliance.org.
 
 SOURCE  American Sugar Alliance