The European Commission has announced that it is planning a substantial withdrawal of quota sugar from the market, in order to avoid a significant surplus at the end of the season. Withdrawal of quota sugar entails a temporary reduction in the amount of sugar producers can produce within their quota. As such, a proportion of the sugar produced in the marketing year 2007/2008 will either have to be counted against the quota for 2008/2009 or be sold as out-of-quota sugar for industrial use. Provisionally the Commission believes that sugar that producers should expect a withdrawal of at least two million tonnes corresponding to 12 per cent of the quota. A definitive figure will be set after the summer, once the Commission has a clearer picture of the harvest and production of sugar.