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The United States Cuban Sugar Council, Washington, D. C., is registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 with the Department of Justice, Washington, D. C., as agent of a group of companies owning or operating sugar properties in Cuba, the stockholders of which are predominantly United States citizens. Copies of the registration statement and of this material are filed at the Department of Justice. Registration does not indicate approval by the United States Government of this material.

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'N THE FOUR YEARS since SUGARFacts and Figures was first published

in 1948, there have been numerous changes in the sugar situation,

including a major amendment to the Sugar Act of 1948. These developments are important to consumers in this country as well as to the producers supplying this market.

The generally favorable reception accorded the first edition of the book has encouraged the preparation of this revision. The purpose of the handbook remains unchanged. That purpose, as stated in the first edition published four years ago, is “to promote a wider public understanding" in the United States of the sugar producing industry supplying this market, and particularly a better understanding of the Cuban sugar industry, which has been the principal source of supply of the United States as long as records are available.

As in previous periods, the great importance to United States consumers of an adequate supply of sugar from Cuba has been repeatedly demonstrated during the last four years. Assurance of an adequate supply of Cuban sugar for United States consumers at all times requires a progressive and economically healthy industry in Cuba. The principal market for Cuban sugar is in the United States. Thus the size of the Cuban crop is related to the quantity of sugar United States laws permit producers in Cuba to send here.

A healthy sugar industry in Cuba not only provides United States consumers with an assurance of adequate supplies which are not available from any other source, but it also is the principal basis for the large volume of exports from this country to Cuba which exceeded half a billion dollars in 1951. These exports, which are largely paid for from the proceeds of the sale of Cuban sugar here, provide a profitable outlet for the products of United States farms and factories in every section of this country.

As in the original edition, the material for this publication is derived chiefly from statistics and official documents of the United States and Cuban Governments.

Elinteni

David M. KEISER, Chairman
United States Cuban Sugar Council

December, 1952.

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