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Feb 9, 2018

Can Imports be Reduced?

Mac McLachlan

The issue of Common External Tariffs not being applied to imported white sugar continues to affect millers.  The Sugar Association of the Caribbean, according to McLachlan, is looking at the idea of assessing whether there is truly a need for imported sugar into the regional marketplace.

 

Mac McLachlan, VP International Relations, ASR/B.S.I.

“At the moment we have a conversation going on in COTED, in the trade ministers meeting, about the use of the Common External Tariff and whether or not that is supporting at the moment the regional integration of the sugar market.  At the moment, the Common External Tariff is fully applied on brown sugars, sugar that’s produced in CARICOM.  It has a marketplace in the Caribbean, however, a significant amount of white sugar, refined white sugar is imported into the Caribbean from outside of the region.  You know, I think what we are trying to get to is a point where we are assessing what the genuine need for that type of sugar is and how our production of increased quality sugar can fill that void and therefore this importation of white sugar would not need to displace the Caribbean market.”

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