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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...

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...

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...

Mexico - Government set MXN8.15 bln minimum price for state sugar mills

Mexico will launch an international tender for nine state-owned sugar mills on March 26, at a total estimated minimum price of MXN8.15 bln ($544 mln),...

Brazil - 2015/16 harvest gathers pace

Data from Brazilian cane industry group Unica revealed that Centre/South mills had already crushed 1.24 mln tonnes of cane which will count towards th...

Thailand - Ministry seeks to speed up sugar expansion process

The Industry Ministry wants the cabinet to amend regulations under the Sugar Act to increase the area density of sugar millers. This is to help accel...

Germany - Südzucker faces damages charges in price-fixing cartel

Südzucker, the world's largest sugar producer, is being sued for damages by sweet makers after it was found to have participated in a price rigging ca...

 

Zimbabwe - Tongaat wants social spending counted in empowerment law

South African sugar producer Tongaat Hulett said its spending on communities in Zimbabwe should count as equity to enable the firm comply with a black economic ...

Indonesia - Sugar industry to be developed with Cuban help

The Indonesian government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cuba in the field of agriculture, underscoring both countries' efforts to strength...

Mexico - Campaign report - March 21, 2015

Mexico produced only 167,639 tonnes of sugar, tel quel, in the week ended March 21, down further from 234,144 tonnes in the previous week and 266,674 two weeks ...

European Union - ACP sugar imports - January 2015

The European Union imported 127,459 tonnes of raw sugar at an average price of EUR385 per tonne from ACP countries in January 2015, compared with 258,534 tonnes...

Fiji - Third cane payment shows 27% price drop in 2014

The Sugar Industry Tribunal announced on March 18 the third cane payment of FJD15.13 ($7.27) per tonne for the 2014 season, according to local press reports.Ind...

European Union - White sugar price reporting - January 2015

The European Union has released updated figures on prices based on information submitted by EU sugar producers and refiners. The quota sugar price given for Jan...

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...