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India plans to start raw sugar export to China in 2019

Devdiscourse News Desk new delhi China
Updated: 08-11-2018 17:22 IST

India will start exporting raw sugar to China from early next year, a move which will help to bridge the widening trade deficit with the neighbouring country, the commerce ministry said Thursday.

"A contract for exporting 15,000 tonnes of raw sugar has been entered to by the Indian Sugar Mills Association and COFCO, a Government of China run public sector company," it said in a statement.

It said India plans to export two million tonnes of raw sugar to China beginning 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," the ministry added.

India's export to China in 2017-18 amounted to USD 33 billion, while imports stood at USD 76.2 billion.

India is the largest producer of sugar in the world with 32 million tonnes of production in 2018.

It 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 is 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," it added.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : ChinaIndia