Published On: Mon, Jul 30th, 2018

Caribbean sugar industry leaders highlight Brexit opportunity in London

sugarLONDON - Sugar Association of the Caribbean board members met with representatives from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar producing countries on 6 July in London, to discuss future market access to UK, post-Brexit.

Chairman of the ACP/LDC Group, Philip de Pass, outlined developments to date: “EU reforms of the sugar market concluded last year have seen imports of cane sugar from traditional suppliers collapse. They are already down 55% compared with 2017/18 and 74% compared with 2013/14. ACP countries have been left substantially worse off than anticipated and the accompanying measures programme designed to help them has not had the desired impact. Brexit is a once in a lifetime opportunity for traditional suppliers to the UK to retain a share of their traditional market for sugar.”

Sugar Association of the Caribbean Board Representative, Mac McLachlan commented: “CARICOM sugar producers are now faced with the prospect of the loss of opportunity to export to their largest historic market – the UK. Brexit offers UK policymakers an opportunity to support development partners in the Caribbean and wider ACP – and to create a level playing field for cane and beet refiners, where domestic production constraints permit a market environment which continues to provide UK consumers a continuing choice of cane sugar, or to lose this opportunity at the expense of some of the poorest farmers in the world.”

 

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