ACP Sugar and Brexit

ACP sugar to Europe

The supply of ACP/LDC sugar to Europe had increased steadily reaching a peak of 2.26 million metric tons in 2012/13. Exports have fallen between 2015/16 and 2018/19 due to a combination of weather events (a cyclone in Fiji and a severe drought affecting Southern Africa) as well as poor trading conditions in the EU. Deliveries to the UK have fallen substantially as cane sugar imports have been forced out by beet sugar from other EU countries. The first 6 months of the new marketing year to March 2019 show some signs of recovery following a lower EU crop and the recovery of Southern African suppliers from drought conditions.

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ACP sugar to Europe

The EU Beet Sugar invasion

The majority of imported sugar in the UK has traditionally been supplied by ACP/LDC countries in the form of bulk raw sugar for refining at Tate and Lyle's refinery at Silvertown in the east end of London. The reform of the EU sugar regime in 2009 created the conditions that encouraged aggressive competition from EU27 beet. Tate and Lyle Sugar have sharply reduced their imports while the ACP/LDC countries have been forced into selling more to refiners in the EU27. Thus the above shows how the UK market has been affected by imports of beet sugar and how they have displaced cane supply from ACP/LDC countries.

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In addition, after the end of the EU quota regime in Europe in 2017, The EU has exported large tonnages of refined sugar to our countries and our regional markets, displacing ACP/LDC exports.

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