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ASSUC represents the sugar trading industry in the EU. Its expertise on market issues and knowledge of the sector is officially recognised by the European Union institutions who regularly call for consultancy and advisory on all relevant matters affecting the sugar market.

To make sure that ASSUC members can effectively participate in the market and trade sugar, the association ensures that all relevant information is effectively disseminated amongst its members and network.



Sugar is worldwide and especially in the EU one of the most regulated commodities. EU sugar production from beet is limited by a production quota. Imports from the World Market are largely prevented due to a high tariff duty on sugar. Nevertheless, there are several quotas in place which allow imports of certain quantities from origins such as Brazil and India. Also, most sugar producing countries which have a Free Trade Agreement in place with the EU enjoy access for restricted volumes to the EU market. Most of EU sugar imports come from the ACP – African Caribbean and Pacific group of states which have an EPA – Economic Partnership Agreement in place with the EU and from LDC – Least Developed countries. These countries have quota free and duty free access to the EU market. Imports consist of white sugar but also of raw sugar which is later refined in the EU.



The European Commission together with the Management Committee has the mandate to manage the EU sugar market. It can allow that quantities of EU sugar which was produced above the production quota can be sold on the EU market and also allow more imports. Over the last years, the EU has made use of this possibility and in the marketing year 2012/2013 allowed 1,2 million tonnes sugar more on the market – 600 000 tonnes of EU production and of imports.



EU sugar produced above the production quota can be exported to the World Market but only up to 1,35 million tonnes. This limit is the result of a WTO-World Trade Organisation ruling



In 2014, the reformed CAP- Common Agriculture Policy entered into force. The reform stipulates that the sugar production quota will end on 1 October 2017. The end of the quota will go hand in hand with the lifting the export limit of 1,35 million tonnes.