The Chinese government adopted today, May 22, 2017, safeguard measures against imports of sugar. The decision should aim to protect local producers from an alleged spike of sugar imports in recent years.
Considering that Brazil is the largest exporter of sugar to the Chinese market, with exports reaching 818 million dollars in 2016, the Brazilian government actively followed the investigation on the safeguards launched in September 2016. The Brazilian government also maintained several contacts with Chinese authorities, both in Geneva, at the World Trade Organization (WTO), and in Beijing, in order to express its concerns about the investigation and to question the need for safeguards.
The Brazilian government will continue to liaise with the Chinese government in order to seek clarity on the entry into force and content of the adopted measures. The Brazilian government will also continue to carry out all possible actions to defend the interests of our exporters.