Export of raw sugar from India to China will begin
early next year. A contract for exporting 50,000 tonnes of raw sugar has been
entered to by the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) and COFCO, a Government
of China run public sector company says a release.
This is due to the initiative taken by the Ministry of
Commerce and several rounds of meetings held by officials of both countries the
import of raw sugar has materialized now.
India plans to export 2 MT of raw sugar to China
beginning from next year. Raw sugar is the second product after non-basmati
rice that China will import from India.
It is a move to reduce the USD 60 billion trade
deficit that China has with India. India’s export to China in 2017-18 amounted
to USD 33 billion while imports from China stood at USD 76.2 billion.
India is the largest producer of sugar in the world
with 32 MMT production in 2018. India produces sugar of all three grades- raw,
refined and white. Indian sugar is also of a high quality and is Dextran free
because of the minimum time taken from cut to crush. India is in a position to
become a regular and dependable exporter of high quality sugar in significant
volumes to China.