WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the announcement the U.S. Trade Representative is reallocating fiscal year 2024 raw cane sugar quantities from countries that do not intend to fill their allocations, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy, Grant Colvin, released the following statement:
“The Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy commends the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) decision to reallocate the tariff-rate quota quantities of raw cane sugar for fiscal year 2024. This action is a productive step toward addressing the persistent supply chain challenges and inflated food prices resulting from outdated supply restrictions in the U.S. sugar program. Importantly, this timely action is in line with the recommendations in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s recent report, which found the U.S. sugar program creates supply shortages for domestic food production and contributes to higher costs for manufacturers, workers, and American families. We look forward to working with USTR, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and leaders in Congress to bring down food costs and bolster American manufacturing jobs by pursuing a fairer, simpler U.S. sugar program.”
The Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy (AFSP) is a broad-based coalition advocating to modernize the outdated U.S. sugar program established by Congress more than 80 years ago. Formed by a sizeable group of small, family-owned businesses and manufacturers, retailers, food and beverage companies, trade associations, environmental advocates, taxpayer watchdog organizations, responsible government advocates, think tanks and other organizations, the group’s goal is to help level the playing field for American manufacturers and provide relief to family budgets by establishing a fairer, simpler U.S. sugar program. To learn more about the Alliance for Fair Sugar Policy and the need for sugar reform, please visit FairSugarPolicy.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.