India and Pakistan are indisputably the two most destructive players active on the world sugar market today.
Hiding behind their developing country status, in 2017/18 both countries have offered substantial, trade-distorting export support of questionable legality that could push more than four million tonnes of subsidised sugar onto the world market, 75 per cent more than in the previous marketing year.
These subsidies have had a deleterious effect on world sugar prices, resulting in a world sugar market that is at its lowest level in 12 years.
These subsidised exports harm EU sugar manufacturers who have undergone massive structural reforms to comply with WTO rules, as well as low-income sugar producers in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific that are forced to compete on a skewed playing field.
Our factsheet presents the facts of this situation, and aims to equip policy-makers with the information necessary to respond.