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Govt allows import of 3 lakh tonne sugar at 25% duty

Govt in April allowed duty-free import of 5 lakh tonnes of raw sugar to boost domestic supply

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Photo: Shutterstock
Photo: Shutterstock

The government on Thursday allowed of 3 lakh tonnes of raw at the concessional duty of 25% to augment ahead of the festive season.

It had hiked duty on in July to 50% from 40% to curb dumping of the commodity in India as international prices fell.

But to boost domestic availability and check prices, it has allowed of 3 lakh tonnes of raw at 25% duty for conversion to white sugar, a senior official said.

production in India, the world's second largest producer, is estimated to decline to around 21 million tonnes in 2016-17 season ending September from 25 MT in the previous year. The annual demand is 24-25 MT.

The government had in April allowed duty-free of 5 lakh tonnes of raw to boost domestic supply.

Last month, the government had imposed the stock limit on mills for the next two months to keep prices in check during the festive season.

By the end of September, a mill cannot keep more than 21% of its total availability for the entire 2016-17 marketing year and a factory cannot hold more than 8 per cent at the end of October, according to the government notification issued last month.

is selling at an average price of Rs 42 per kg in the retail market, while branded sweetener is available at Rs 50 per kg.

White prices in the international market have fallen by 8% since July but raw prices have remained flat. The domestic wholesale price of are also flat.

Sweet surprise

* Move aimed at addressing crisis in southern states and stabilise price
* production in India estimated to decline to 21 mt in the 2016-17 season, from 25 mt in the previous year
* Annual demand is 24-25 mt
* is selling at an average price of Rs 42 per kg in retail market, while the branded one is available at Rs 50 per kg

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First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 00:52 IST