The June 12 editorial “A deal with a bad aftertaste” said that Americans “would be better off if there were global free trade in sugar.” U.S. sugar producers agree. But we were surprised the editorial board failed to mention that the U.S. government found Mexico guilty of violating U.S. trade law.
We’re more efficient than most of our global competitors and would thrive in a subsidy-free, free-trade environment in which everyone follows the rules. That’s why we’ve publicly endorsed a plan before Congress to target foreign subsidies and eliminate U.S. sugar policy once a free market forms.
Unfortunately, other nations continue to cheat the system. Countries such as Brazil and India still subsidize their industries.
Meanwhile, Mexico broke the law and dumped subsidized sugar on the United States, harming our farmers and sending Americans to the unemployment line. And for years, Mexico refused to comply with the law, until the Trump administration made it.
The Commerce Department’s recent deal with Mexico is not perfect, but it goes a long way toward holding Mexico accountable for its predatory trade practices, and it will help preserve U.S. farms and jobs. That’s good news for consumers, who will continue to have access to high-quality, homegrown sugar at affordable prices.
Jack Pettus, Arlington
The writer is chairman of the American Sugar Alliance.