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India scraps 20% sugar export tax to boost overseas sale, cut inventory

India is likely to produce a record 29.5 million tonnes of sugar in the 2017/18 season that ends on September 30

Reuters  |  New Delhi 

India has scrapped the 20 per cent sugar export tax, a government source said on Tuesday, to help boost overseas sales in a surplus year of production. Last week Reuters reported that India, the world's biggest consumer of sugar, would axe the export tax on the sweetener and then make it compulsory for mills to export 2-3 million tonnes to cut bulging stocks at home. The country is likely to produce a record 29.5 million tonnes of sugar in the 2017/18 season that ends on September 30, up 45 per cent from the previous year, hammering local prices down by more than 15 per cent ...

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First Published: Tue, March 20 2018. 15:33 IST
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