Mexico Canceled Sugar Export Permits to the US Because It Couldn’t Find Anyone to Negotiate With

Mexico has canceled existing sugar export permits to the United States in a dispute over the pace of shipments, according to a letter seen by Reuters, in a flare-up industry sources said could temporarily disrupt supplies.

The letter sent by Mexico’s sugar chamber to mills on Monday partly blamed the situation on unfilled positions at the US Department of Commerce, which it said had led to a “legalistic” interpretation of rules with no U.S. counterparts in place in Washington for Mexican officials to negotiate with.

The cancellations marked the latest dispute of a years-long trade row between Mexico – the US’ top foreign supplier of sugar – and the United States at a time when cane refiners are struggling with prices and tight supplies, US industry sources said…

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