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NCA disappointed with USITC preliminary ruling

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May 9, 2014

Statement of National Confectioners Association on the USITC’s Preliminary Determination in Mexican Sugar Investigation

Washington, DC (May 9, 2014) – The National Confectioners Association today expressed its disappointment regarding the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (USITC) preliminary determination of injury in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigation of Mexican sugar imports. “While NCA is disappointed in the USITC’s preliminary determination, we are not surprised by the ruling due to the low threshold for determining injury,” said NCA President Larry Graham. “We remain optimistic that the U.S. sugar producers will lose when the full USITC investigation is completed in the coming year.”

“This petition by the U.S. sugar producers is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to distract from the real cause of distortion in the U.S. sugar market – the U.S. government’s sugar bailout program, not Mexico," said NCA Executive Vice President Alison Bodor. “The growers have not been injured by imports and they have the incredibly protective and generous sugar program to thank for that. The U.S. sugar barons have used their influence on the Hill to prevent modern reform of the current depression-era sugar policy. Under the current program, the U.S government bails them out by buying surplus sugar to prop up the price.”

About NCA: NCA represents more than 600 companies, the vast majority of which are small and medium sized, multi-generation, family-owned businesses. There are confectionery manufacturers in more than 40 states, with a particular concentration in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio and California.