ANNOUNCEMENT 29 Sep 2017
On 29 September 2017, the European Commission announced that the quota system imposed on sugar production and exports is to be terminated.
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European Commission, Fact Sheet, The end of the sugar production quotas in the EU Brussels, The end of the sugar production quotas in the EU, issued on 29 September 2017: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-17-3488_en.htm
On 30 September 2018, the European Union's quota system imposed on sugar production and exports was terminated. The system was originally introduced in 1968 and has been amended over time. The system meant that production of sugar exceeding a specific quota, also known as "out-of-quota", was governed by specific rules determining its use. A certain amount could be exported limited to a specific export quota or it could be sold for biofuel or other non-food products. If not exported or sold producers were obliged to store the subject good and counted it towards the coming year's quota. The first state act recorded in the Global Trade Alert database was in 2010. The out-of-quota exports for sugar have been recorded since, see related sate acts.
The European member states decided to end the quota system in 2015. However, in connection with the 2013 CAP reform member states postponed the termination of the system to 2017. The end of the sugar quota system means that limits on sugar production and exports are removed.