Gov't Shut Cos. Out Of Mexico Sugar Deal Talks, CIT Says

Law360 (October 21, 2019, 5:07 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of International Trade has struck down a revision to the U.S. Department of Commerce's agreement with Mexico over sugar imports, finding that the government was too secretive in its efforts to alter the terms of the deal.

Commerce should have documented its conversations with Mexican government officials and sugar producers about changing the definition of "refined sugar" to include lower-purity sugar in its sugar agreement with Mexico, the CIT said Friday.

Judge Leo M. Gordon determined that Commerce doesn't have the authority to decide whether meetings related to altering the suspension agreement were important enough to be documented....

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