Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Chairman of the House Sugar Caucus, released the following statement regarding the announced agreement in principle to suspend antidumping and countervailing duties against Mexican sugar imports into the United States:
“The deal announced yesterday by Secretary of Commerce Ross and Mexican Secretary of Economy Guajardo is a step in the right direction. These types of deals are never easy, and I appreciate the hard work put in by the parties involved.
“A number of challenges remain before these discussions are finalized and a final agreement drafted. I am concerned that a loophole permitting for sugar dumping remains in place, which allows for unfair Mexican trade practices to continue. In the past, these practices have put in jeopardy 142,000 American jobs.
“I urge Secretary Ross to continue working to ensure the basic provisions of the agreement are achieved as intended. Additionally, I encourage Secretary of Agriculture Perdue to ensure that the United States continues administering sugar policy, so prices and supplies of raw and refined sugar are adequate for U.S. producers.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.