United is able to assist domestic customers who participate in the U.S. government re-export programs. Re-export sugar is the use of world raw sugar to produce refined sugar within the United States for export—or used to make products that will be exported.
In greater detail, the U.S. government operates three programs (see below) that allow customers to buy refined sugar produced from lower-cost world raw sugar. For each unit of sugar sold under these three programs, United obtains the right to import an equivalent amount of world raw sugar. Since this right has value, United can sell sugar that has the benefit of re-export pricing to participating customers.