WTO decision on sugar subsidies

  • Joint media release with:
  • The Hon David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia
15 December 2021

The Australian Government welcomes the decision of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on India’s price support for sugarcane and export subsidies for sugar.

Australia, along with Brazil and Guatemala, initiated the dispute resolution process in 2019.

The WTO dispute resolution process is available to any WTO member as a means to resolve trade disputes in a respectful manner.

Australia’s use of the WTO in this matter is consistent with its previous use of the WTO and aligns with our support for the rules-based trading system.

Australia is committed to working with WTO Members to progress agricultural reform which opens markets and reduces global distortions.

The Government will continue to defend the interests of Australian producers by using the established system in the WTO to resolve our differences.

The Government would like to thank the Australian sugar industry for its constructive engagement on this issue.

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