SUA: A Voice for Market-Oriented Reform & Repeal of Unnecessary Regulations
The Sweetener Users Association represents companies who utilize nutritive sweeteners in their business operations, as well as trade associations to which these companies belong. SUA seeks to:
- Support policies that will improve the business conditions of industrial sweetener users;
- Represent its members' interests, principally in regulatory and technical matters pertaining to nutritive sweeteners; and
- Carry out informational and educational activities on issues that may affect the sweetener industry.
SUA endeavors to make U.S. sugar policy more market-oriented, both domestically and internationally. On the domestic front, SUA works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to ensure that adequate supplies of sugar are availible at reasonable prices to meet demand in the U.S. market. SUA also works to promote regulatory changes that make the sugar program operate consistently with normal business practices, while discouraging proposed changes in the program that would hurt trade with Mexico and other nations.
Internationally, SUA supports efforts toward less trade-distorting policies multilaterally in the World Trade Organization regionally in trade pacts like the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and bilaterally in U.S. trade agreements with Columbia, Peru and Panama. SUA works with other agricultural and industrial groups to urge the inclusion of sugar in pending trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
SUA supports the inclusion of sugar in all trade agreements because:
- Additional sources of supply encourage more competitive conditions in the U.S. sugar market;
- Excluding sugar permits other countries also to exclude trade-sensitive commodities, including those commodities that the U.S. farm and food sector can export competitively; and
- Sugar exports generate foreign exchange for our trading partners, which can then be used to buy more American food products.
For these reasons, SUA is fully engaged in working for competitive trade policies, building alliances with U.S. farm groups, food companies and non-agricultural firms, to promote comprehensive agreements that include sugar. SUA will continue to seek to have a positive influence on the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement and the Transatlantic and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement negotiations.