El Salvador's sugarcane planted area in marketing year (MY) 2018/19 remains the same as in MY 2017/18 at approximately 82,000 hectares (ha). The Salvadoran Sugar Council (CONSAA) continues to regulate sugar trade. In MY 2017, top sugar export destinations were China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Canada, Venezuela and Romania. Favorable (but volatile) international prices continue to provide financial relief to the sugar sector. The draft law for production of alternative fuels, including ethanol, is still "on hold" and there is no set date for its entry into force. Although El Salvador plans to join the Customs Union with Guatemala and Honduras, sugar will likely not be included in the products that will benefit with duty-free trade.