The EU faces tight sugar supply with European buyers, including confectioners, finding difficulty buying quota sugar. EU regulation for the sugar industry was revised in 2006 following a WTO decision that EU production quotas for each country should be reduced to the extent that the block becomes an importer of a minor part of its consumption with developing countries being granted preferential access as exporters to the EU, facing no import tariffs, and from 2015 without restrictions on the quantities exported.
EU quotas for its sugar production first decreased in 2006 in the expectation that developing countries would export the deficit. Such exports have not always materialised and more recently high world sugar prices have resulted in such sugar being exported elsewhere. The EU, facing shortages, has decided to allow out of quota sugar and additional imports.