International Sugar Journal

No tariffs nor quotas for sugar in the Brexit deal between EU and UK [Full subscriber]

European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom negotiators finally agreed on a deal on 24th December after Brexit. The Economic and Trade Partnership Agreement guarantees trade without tariffs or quotas for “all goods which comply with the appropriate rules of origin”. This includes sugar and several processed food products.

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EU – EFSA to examine emergency use of neonicotinoids in sugar beet [Full subscriber]

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to assess a number of emergency authorisations granted by the EU Member States for the use of neonicotinoids in sugar beet in 2020.

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EU – Marginal drop in ethanol production in 2019 to 6.35 billion litres [Full subscriber]

Ethanol production in the EU 27 + UK from agricultural feedstocks amounted to 6.35 billion litres in 2019, representing a small decrease of 1% from the previous year, according to the European Commission.

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With WTO’s blessing, EU slaps 25% duty on molasses imports from the USA [Full subscriber]

The EU is going to place a 25% tariff on cane molasses imports from the USA. This move is part of a measure authorized last month by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to the US’s $7.5 billion sanctions on European products last year, that was incidentally also sanctioned by the WTO.

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La Réunion and Guadeloupe cane sectors granted €38 million by France [Full subscriber]

The French government has renewed for one year the state aid to La Réunion and Guadeloupe’s sugarcane-sugar sector to the sum of €38 million to compensate for the end of sugar production quotas in Oct 2017, according to the recent announcement by the Ministries of Agriculture and Overseas.

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Côte d’Ivoire – EU injects €29 million to develop the sugar sector [Full subscriber]

The European Union (EU) has funded around €29 million for the revival of the Ivorian sugar sector, according to the representative of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Bernard Kouassi.

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Brazil secures duty-free access of 180,000 tonnes sugar in EU-Mercosur trade deal [Full subscriber]

The European Union and South American bloc Mercosur agreed to a free trade treaty on 28th June, concluding two decades of talks over one of the world’s largest regional commercial accords, negotiators said.

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EU repeals anti-dumping duties on US ethanol [Registered]

The European Commission has scrapped anti-dumping duties (ADD) on ethanol imports originating from the US. This has prompted sharply divergent assessments of the potential impact on European producers, with the […]

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EU – Drought presages drop in 2018/19 beet sugar production by 2 mln tonnes [Registered]

With the beet campaign well into full swing, reports across the EU suggests that beet sugar production is likely to drop by some 2 million tonnes this year on the back of reduced yield due to drought which has also adversely impacted harvesting, reports Reuters.

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EU – Sugar beet yields in 2018 down by 9% [Full subscriber]

Sugar beet yields across the EU on average are estimated to have dropped by 9% in 2018 to 73.8 t/ha from 81.1 t in 2017. This is also 1% less than the last five years average of 74.6 t, according to the latest report from the European Commission’s MARS report.

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