6 Feb 2020 (UK Govt) The Government has today (6 February) launched a public consultation to inform the UK’s new independent global tariff policy. This bespoke regime, the UK Global Tariff, will ensure UK businesses compete on fair terms with the rest of the world. Businesses, interest groups and members of the public across the UK will have the opportunity to tell the government what their views are on the proposed new Global Tariff Policy. The call for input will be open for four weeks until the 5 March 2020. We encourage anyone who is interested to take part.
4 Feb 2020 (European Commission). The EC has published a useful Q&A about the negotiations with the UK about the future trade relationship.
3 Feb 2020 (The Gleaner) The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on Saturday provides a “real opportunity” to create preferential access for sugar industries in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP).
3 Feb 2020 (YouTube) Boris Johnson has said the UK must become champion of global free trade as he warned that protectionists were "gaining ground". The Prime Minister told those gathered at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich that free trade was "being choked" and that "the mercantilists are everywhere, the protectionists are gaining ground".
1 Feb 2020 (Eurostat) Eurostat is making a new aggregate for the EU with 27 Member States available for some 2530 datasets, covering around 90% of all datasets including EU28 aggregates. During the transition period until the end of 2020, the UK is continuing to send data to Eurostat. This data will be loaded in the database and made available to users.
1 Feb 2020 (Reuters) India's 2019-20 sugar production should fall to 26.9 million tonnes.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ready to accept the "off-the-shelf" trade model that was first proposed by Chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier, the Times newspaper reported, citing content from a speech to be given by Johnson on Monday.
1 Feb 2020 (WTO) The United Kingdom indicated to WTO Members today that it had withdrawn from the European Union and outlined the implications of this departure for itself and other WTO Members.
3 Feb 2020 (UK Parliament) This statement sets out the Government’s proposed approach to the negotiations with the EU about our future relationship.
29 Jan 2020 (Südzucker) Dr Wolfgang Heer, chairman of the executive board of Südzucker AG, has resigned. His mandate would have expired on February 28, 2021. His successor is to be Dr Niels Pörksen. Dr Hans-Jörg Gebhard, chairman of the supervisory board, said: “The supervisory board is convinced that Dr Pörksen and the experienced executive board members Drs. Kirchberg, Kölbl and Marihart will form a dedicated and experienced leadership team representing continuity in the company as well as in the capital market communication, taking on future challenges and leading Südzucker into a successful future.”
29 Jan 2020 (European Commission) Spot sugar prices today are said to be 440 €/t in France, 450€/t in Belgium, Netherlands and Germany, 510 €/t in the north of Italy and 530€/t the south of Italy and in Spain. An increase in the EU's reported price is expected to be shown higher for December and sharply higher for January. The average EU export price was reported 353 €/t for November. The average sugar beet price for 2018/19 was reported to be 25.7 €/t. See detailed EU sugar trade statistics in the Commission's presentation linked here.
29 Jan 2020 (The Institute Of Export and International) The Winter 2019 edition follows the theme of 'Something to Declare - How Cross Border Trade Really Happens’ and features guest contributions from:
Lars Karlsson - KGH Customs Services, Edward Winterton - UK CEO of Bibby Financial Services, Ana Boata - Lead Eurozone and UK economist at Euler Hermes and Incoterms® 2020 - is your organisation ready?
29 Jan 2020 (S&P Global Platts) The UK's departure from the EU at 2300 GMT on Friday will happen without those on either side of the channel being any the wiser about its long term implications for the European sugar market.
29 Jan 2020 (Farmers Guardian) NFU Sugar chairman Michael Sly says 1.18 – 1.2 million tonnes of sugar is expected to have been produced from UK beet by the end of the season compared with 1.13 million tonnes last year despite the UK sugar beet area being 9-10 per cent down on last year. “Looking at the 2020 crop, due to pressure on autumn sown crops we expect to see a similar area or higher than 2019 – about 105,000ha for 2020. It is a reasonable alternative spring crop to grow should conditions allow.”
19 Jan 2020 (HMG) UK and EEA EFTA States sign agreement to protect citizens’ rights and resolve wider separation issues when the UK leaves the EU.
27 Jan 2020 (Jonathan Kingsman) This week, in an interview with Bloomberg, Sunny Verghese, the CEO and co-founder of Olam International, announced that his company would be splitting into two parts.
24 Jan 2020 (Institute for Government) Opening up a full-scale negotiation with the US at the same time as the EU could actually end up increasing the pressure on the UK. The UK is like a customer that must choose between two incompatible set-menus. It gets a choice, but it doesn’t get to shape the menu.
24 Jan 2020 (European Commission) Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan said: “This statement testifies to the high importance that the EU and the participating WTO members attach to retaining a two-step dispute settlement process in WTO trade matters. The multiparty appeal arbitration arrangement will guarantee that the participating WTO members continue to have access to a binding, impartial and high-quality dispute settlement system among them. Let me underline again that this remains a contingency measure needed because of the paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body. We will continue our efforts to seek a lasting solution to the Appellate Body impasse, including through necessary reforms and improvements.”
22 Jan 2020 (Shukela Sugar Magazine) “For many years, growers have called for equity participation in the milling and refining business, which would allow for their increased participation in the sugar industry value chain. The initiative is providing this opportunity, which is revolutionary for the industry,” company’s CEO Gavin Hudson said.
22 Jan 2020 (Euractiv) There’s a strong sense of déjà vu. Belgium’s region of Wallonia is trying to block the EU-Mercosur free-trade agreement, just like it previously attempted with CETA, the EU-Canada free trade agreement. But how serious is that?
22 Jan 2020 (Newsclick.in) As farmers point out, if India loses the dispute, in the absence of the present support policies, the sugarcane sector, that employs over 50 million farmers and over 5,00,000 sugar mill workers may face an imminent collapse.
23 Jan 2020 (Le Betteravier) Remarquons aussi que sur le marché européen, les prix spot (ventes de sucre journalières non contractées) atteignent plus de 400 euros voire 450. La fermeture définitive de plusieurs sucreries européennes ainsi que l’abandon de la culture de la betterave par un nombre significatif d’agriculteurs sans trouver de repreneur accentuera la diminution de la production de sucre européen en 2020.
22 Jan 2020 (Swedish Board of Agriculture) Member states will be required to report more representative prices for agricultural products and more about trade than at present so that market transparency can increase in the food chain. The meeting of the Arable Crop Management Committee will discuss implications for the EU sugar market on 29 January 2020 and the new legislation will come into force on 1 January 2021.
22 Jan 2020 (Wired) The government has asked the food industry to cut sugar in ten major product groups by 20 per cent. But as the deadline looms, progress is painfully slow.
20 Jan 2020 (ACP Secretariat) The 110th Session of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States was held on Saturday 7 December 2019 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Download the signed documents from the ACP website.
22 Jan 2020 (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
Farmers across eight countries will have better access to markets and knowledge-sharing programmes (including management of risks arising from climate change), as part of the expansion of the operations of the Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC), with support from the EBRD. The EBRD is providing a US$ 100 million financing facility to LDC, a leading merchant and processor of agricultural products and a partner of the EBRD since 2000, to facilitate the company’s regional expansion in Bulgaria, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey and Ukraine.
20 Jan 2020 (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) The Tánaiste has warned that the European Union will not agree to a free trade agreement with the UK unless it signs up to "equivalence" in the way goods are produced in the UK and the EU.
20 Jan 2020 (UK Govt) The UK announced the Growth Gateway - a service to help African, UK and other international businesses trade with and invest in each other - at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in January 2020.
15 Jan 20 (Reuters) Brazilian sugar mills are considering increasing their raw sweetener output at the expense of ethanol for automobile fuels after sugar futures surged to a two-year high this week, analysts said this week.
15 Jan 2020 (Reuters) “The EU sugar market remains desolate with prices too low for profitable production,” a Suedzucker spokesman said. “World market prices are rising and we expect an improvement in EU sugar prices but this could take around 18 months.”
14 Jan 2020 (EC) The European Commission has today reported that the average EXW refined (EEC2 quality) sugar price rose 3 €/t to 335 €/t in November 2019. The average price in the "deficit" Region 3 (mainly southern Europe) was reported up 4 €/t to 403 €/t.
14 Jan 2020 (S&P Platts) The Geneva Sugar Conference has earned its place as 'the must attend' event for sugar professionals. Now in its 10th year, the conference (on April 21-22, 2020) is world-renowned and attracts 300 producers, refiners, traders and buyers annually as they look to better understand the global trends, regional risks and defining issues impacting you today. * Including Julian Price! *
13 Jan 2020 (The Spectator) Sugary drinks consumption – not to mention sugar consumption overall – has been on the decline for years. People’s desire to cut back on their fizzy drink intake was prevalent long before the sugar tax was introduced. Both before and after its implementation, we’ve seen an overall decrease in consumption, yet an increase in obesity.
13 Jan 2020 (European Commission) Internal preparatory discussions on future relationship with the UK. Union policies and actions, including the Internal market with its four freedoms, form a unique ecosystem underpinned by instruments and structures that cannot be separated from each other.
13 Jan 2020 (Prof. Alan Matthews) The Commission published its Communication on the European Green Deal in mid-December 2019. Previously flagged in Commission President von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines for the new Commission, it defines the key political objectives of the new Commi...
11 Jan 2020 (The Spectator) For the first time since the referendum, the United Kingdom has a strong government that knows what it wants from Brexit. [...] Brussels sources have suggested that the first phase of talks will include only goods and fishing (the French, Danish and Dutch are keen on access to British waters). I’m told that the UK will simply reject this approach.
10 Jan 2020 (open4business, Ukraine) Sugar production in Ukraine in the 2019/2020 marketing year (MY, September-August) decreased by 19% compared to the previous MY, to 1.48 million tonnes.
9 Jan 2020 (Eastern Daily Press) Under-pressure farmers need fair rewards for the risks they take to grow sugar beet for the region's sugar factories, says Norfolk's new representative of this staple farming sector.
8 Jan 2020 (Marie-Christine Ribera) As the co-legislators struggle to move forward on the CAP reform, the Green Deal is emerging as the number one priority, perhaps even the single priority, of the European Commission. The question is: should we make the CAP more “green” or should we use the Green Deal to reshape the CAP completely? The first option seems have been chosen, and that is a real pity.
8 Jan 2020 (Oxford Farming Conference). The government is planning to bring an "updated" version of its Agriculture Bill back to Parliament this month, with the aim of passing landmark legislation by the Spring that will overhaul England's system of farming subsidies.
8 Jan 2020 (Farmers Guardian). The NFU has called for farmers in England to keep at least 30 per cent of their direct payments after Brexit.
8 Jan 2020 (Capacity Now). This week the United Kingdom and the European Union are meeting in London to re-start the talks and the negotiations about post-Brexit future relations.
7 Jan 2020 (Financial Times) The EU should encourage free trade with a continent-to-continent deal. The AU wants a continent-to-continent agreement. While this will obviously take time, it is a worthwhile ambition, one that should be much easier now that 54 countries are moving rapidly to enact the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), an agreement that removes 90 per cent of tariffs on intra-African trade. Yet despite this progress, AU negotiators sense resistance to the idea in Brussels.
7 Jan 2019 (Fiji Sun) Mr Clark commended the efforts by members at the Lautoka Mill and those who helped schedule cane in line....
11 Dec 2019 (ePURE) The EU’s new “Green Deal” demands a greater role for sustainable, low-carbon liquid fuels such as renewable European ethanol in order to meet ambitious new decarbonisation and air quality goals. As the European Commission unveils legislation in the coming months aimed at moving the EU toward climate-neutrality, it needs to focus on solutions that deliver results right now as well as in the future.
6 Jan 2020 (Traidcraft). Traidcraft are planning to publish the actual price paid to the coffee farmer (on pack) plus how much goes to shipping, roasting, packing and profit. As far as I’m aware this will be a first.
6 Jan 2020 (Reuters) Britain's emergency preparations for a no-deal Brexit have been halted "with immediate effect", as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's deal to leave the European Union is expected to be approved by members of parliament.
7 Jan 2020 (Daily Mail) Britain will conduct post-Brexit trade talks with the US at the same time as it negotiates the terms of the UK's future relationship with the EU, Downing Street has signalled.
24 Dec 2019 (Farmer's Weekly South Africa). Using figures from a forensic investigation into and financial review of its results, Tongaat Hulett Limited’s (THL) board of directors has now been able to correct the company’s agricultural production, processing, and land conversion divisions’ financial results for the 2018/2019 year ended 31 March 2019.
24 Dec 2019 (Farmers Weekly). A marginal increase in the basic 2020 beet price against the 2019 contract is welcome news for growers, especially given the drop in gross margins for alternative crops over the past year, driven by lower cereals prices. Looking ahead, Mr Blake believes the sugar sector may have less to fear from Brexit than other commodity sectors.