EU removes Sugar quotas

Posted on: 25/09/2017

From 1st October 2017 EU removes the sugar quotas at import.  The sugar quota system was introduced with the first CAP rules on sugar in 1968, along with a support price for producers (at a level significantly above the world market price). To support the transition towards a more competitive EU sugar sector, the 2013 CAP Reform saw Member States and the European Parliament reach agreement on the abolition of sugar quotas at the end of the 2016/17 marketing year, ie from 30 September 2017. Sugar will continue to be imported into the EU duty-free and quota-free under the Everything-But-Arms agreement for the least-developed countries and from countries that have concluded or implemented Economic Partnership Agreements. Most of that sugar will need to be refined in the EU. 

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