On December 19, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it had finalized agreements with the Government of Mexico and Mexican sugar exporters to suspend antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on imports of sugar. The agreements immediately suspend both the AD and CVD investigations, allow Mexican sugar to enter the U.S. market free of antidumping or countervailing duties, and create mechanisms to ensure that imports of Mexican sugar do not injure the U.S. sugar industry while enabling U.S. sugar consumption needs to be met.
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Luther Markwart, author of Dateline Washington, is executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association.