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The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) is a trade bloc among the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.In January 1992, ASEAN Member States signed the Singapore Declaration, an agreement which mandated the creation of AFTA within 15 years. This...

Indonesia - Indonesia announces Q2 sugar import permits

The Indonesian government has now officially issued 945,643 tonnes of raw sugar import permits for the second quarter of the year. This compares with Q1 permits of 672,000 tonnes. Of the Q1 total, 636,782 had b...

Philippines - Sugar campaign report - March 8, 2015

The Philippines produced 99,056 tonnes of raw sugar in the week ended March 8, down from 103,597 a week earlier and also below the 104,839 tonnes in the same week a year ago, SRA data showed. This brought t...

Thailand - 2014/15 sugar season enters final stage

Sugar production in the 2014/15 cycle continues to wind down slowly with daily production regularly below 100,000 tonnes in the week ended March 16, latest numbers suggest. So far in the season the country'...

China - Sugar production may be lower than expected

Sugar production in China in 2014/15 (Sep/Aug) may fall to 10.5-11.0 mln tonnes, white value according to an industry meeting held in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Guangxi, the largest sugar producing state...

United States - ITC rejects refiners' challenge of trade pact with Mexico

The US International Trade Commission voted unanimously (6-0) on March 19 to uphold an agreement that suspended duties on sugar imports from Mexico, rejecting challenges from domestic cane refiners and bringing...

France - Beet sowing progresses fast

Beet sowing is again progressing very fast in France after a timid start on March 9 due to wet soil. But sowing operations took up speed from March 11 with 50% of the targeted area sown by March 17. This is fiv...

Seven regions of Ukraine have begun sowing of sugar beet with about 16,000 ha sown by March 26, or 5% of the forecast, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy...

China - 59 sugar plants in Guangxi finish crushing, up 35 y-o-y

Some 59 sugar mills in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region had finished crushing by March 25, up 35 from the same time last year, an indust...

Russia - Farmers prepare for larger 2015 campaign

Sugar factories in Krasnodar region have started preparation for the 2015 beet campaign, according to the regional Ministry of Agriculture. The daily ...

European Union - Preferential EPA/EBA sugar imports - March 20, 2015

The European Union awarded 63,520 tonnes of import licences to countries pursuant the EPA/EBA agreements in the week to March 20, up from 21,775 a wee...

Germany - Sugar campaign report - January 2015

Germany produced 545,388 tonnes of beet white sugar in January 2015, down from 1,113,828 in December but up sharply from just 169,189 in the same mont...

Kenya - COMESA grants Kenya one year sugar safeguard extension

Kenya has been granted a one-year extension of the existing sugar import limits from the regional trade bloc Common Market for Eastern and Southern Af...

Brazil - Central Bank scales back currency support as real currency sinks to 12-year low

Brazil’s central bank scaled back its support for the real, ending sales of new foreign-exchange swaps that had swelled the government’s dollar liabil...

 

Australia - Bundaberg signs two-year contract with Coles supermarket chain

Bundaberg Sugar has signed a two-year contract with Coles to supply about 20,000 tonnes of sugar a year, according to local press reports. As a result of the co...

European Union - Commission hosts first meeting of EU sugar expert group

The European Commission has hosted the first meeting of a new Sugar Expert Group with a view to making the transition to a post quota market as smooth as possib...

Denmark - Sugar production reaches 11-year high in 2014/15

Denmark produced 476,449 tonnes of sugar, white value, in 2014/15, up from 461,960 a year earlier and the highest since 2003/04 when 492,000 tonnes were produce...

Australia - First high polarity sugar exported to Japan

A new chapter in the history of Queensland sugar has been written at the Cairns wharf, with two historic sugar shipments leaving the port destined for Japan, AB...

Ghana - Feasibility of Komenda revival plans questioned

The feasibility of the joint venture partnership between the governments of Ghana and India towards reviving the Komenda sugar factory has been questioned by th...

Belarus - Sugar stocks down 12% y-o-y as of March 1

Stocks of sugar amounted to 230,100 tonnes as of March 1, which is 12% less than a month earlier, according to the National Statistics Committee.

United States - ADM announces Zero-Calorie sweetener alternative, VivaSweet Sucralose

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced that VivaSweet Sucralose, a zero-calorie sweetener suitable for use in virtually any food or beverage, is now available t...