The U.S. International Trade commission determined by vote Tuesday that sugar imports from México are damaging national producers because the sugar is subsidized and sold at less than fair market value.
The vote by the commission was unanimous, according to a news release.
The action means that a December suspension agreement that the Department of Commerce had entered into with México will remain in effect for five years.
A full report containing the views of the commissioners will be available next month, said the release.
The decision was praised by sugar producers but faced criticism from organizations representing big sugar users.