WASHINGTON, April 11 A trade group representing
U.S. food and beverage makers has asked U.S. authorities not to
go ahead with a proposed dumping case against the Mexican sugar
industry, as a coalition of sugar cane and beet producers
"We hereby request that the U.S. Department of Commerce
decline to initiate antidumping and countervailing duty
investigations on sugar from Mexico," the Grocery Manufacturers
Association said in a filing to Commerce Secretary Penny
Pritzker seen by Reuters.
The petition "fails to establish adequate domestic industry
support" from a high enough percentage of producers, said the
group, which represents U.S. food and beverage companies.
U.S. sugar producer groups led by the American Sugar
Coalition have accused Mexican exporters of dumping cheap,
subsidized supplies on the U.S. market, the opening shot in a
potential trade war after months of growing tension in the
In petitions filed with the U.S. International Trade
Commission and the Commerce Department, the sweetener groups
said "dumped and subsidized" imports from Mexico would cost U.S.
producers nearly $1 billion in net income in 2013-14.
U.S. actions that raised the price of imported Mexican sugar
would also increase input costs for GMA's members.
"GMA members are 'sugar' producers as currently defined by
the petitioner, and thus part of the domestic industry," the
group said in its filing.
The ITC has scheduled a preliminary conference on the case
for April 18.
(Reporting by Ros Krasny and Chris Prentice; Editing by David