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Federal ruling critical of Mexican sugar imports - - 9/18/2015 -

Mexico's sugar industry has been unfairly dumping subsidized sugar onto the U.S. market, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled Thursday.

Mexico's sugar industry was found to be dumping at margins of 40-42 percent below the value of the exported product and subsidized from 6 percent to 44 percent. Mexico's government-owned sugar mills were subsidized at 44 percent.

"The DOC's finding validates our claim that U.S. farmers, workers and taxpayers were harmed by subsidized Mexican sugar flooding the U.S. market, said Phillip Hayes, spokesman for the American Sugar Alliance. "U.S. trade law exists to ensure that predatory trading practices like these don't drive efficient domestic industries out of business and today proved that the process works. We expect a similarly positive outcome when the U.S. International Trade Commission issues its final ruling in the matter next month."

The final ruling upholds a preliminary finding made by the Department of Commerce last year.

The Trade Commission will determine whether the sugar dumping financially harmed American businesses. The Commission held a hearing Wednesday and is expected to vote on Oct. 20.

Officials estimate sugar dumping by Mexico has cost the American sugar industry $1 billion during the 2013 season.

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Senior Staff Writer Jacob Batte can be reached at 448-7635 or Follow him on Twitter @ja_batte.

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