El Salvador's sugarcane planted area in MY2017 (Nov 2016-Oct 2017) remains the same as in MY2016 reaching approximately 82,000 hectares (ha). The Salvadoran Sugar Council (CONSAA) continues to regulate sugar trade. In MY 2016, top sugar export destinations were Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the U.S. re-export market. Myanmar, Jamaica and Ivory Coast emerged as new export destinations for Salvadoran sugar. Favorable (but volatile) international prices continue providing financial relief to the sugar sector. The law for production of alternative fuels, including ethanol, continues to be "on hold" and there is no set date for its entry into force.