Brazil could take China to WTO over sugar import barriers

Published: 07/12/2018, 5:23:36 PM

Brazil will study whether to file a formal complaint at the World Trade Organization over Chinese barriers to its sugar, the government said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

China imposed duties on imports of Brazilian sugar in May 2017, saying a surge in imports had substantially damaged its local industry.

The head of Brazilian sugarcane group Unica told Reuters in April that the government could file a WTO complaint over the duties, estimating they could reduce Brazilian sales to China by 800,000 tonnes in the following 12 months.