The local sugar producer Compagnie Sucriere du Tchad (CST) is on the brink of collapse as it has not been able to sell its sugar for more than eight months due to smuggled sugar flooding the local market, according to a local press report.
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A crackdown on sugar smuggling into China is creating a major storage problem for exporters/producers in Asia in particular, reported Reuters.
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Nine suspects have been detained in Yancheng, East China’s Jiangsu Province for smuggling sugar in early September after border police there noticed that the Chinese characters on the prow of the cargo ship, which was loaded with tons of sugar, were printed in a reverse order, according to local press reports.
China will step up its efforts to tackle sugar smuggling, the General Administration of Customs said on 20th June, weeks after Beijing hiked tariffs of up to 95% out-of-quota imports, to discourage imports and to protect local producers.
Three years after the Kenyan army was first accused of colluding with Somalia-based Islamic group al-Shabaab in Somalia’s illegal charcoal trade, the United Nations has warned that Kenya’s military are still complicit in the trade, from which al-Shabaab predominantly finances its activities.
China will source sugar from its reserves to supply it in the domestic market as it cracks down on smuggling, according to China Sugar Association, reports South China Morning Post.
High ranking police generals have allegedly been found to be involved in smuggling white sugar into Philippines. Three boat loads of the sweetener were intercepted in Zamboanga City, according local press reports.
Xue pointed out that countering the smuggling is a challenge for the government because of the country’s long borders.
Combination of a clampdown on raw sugar import licences by Chinese authorities, drop in sugar output (20% in December last year), and high import margins into China, has spurred the smuggling.
Smuggling of agricultural products along China’s borders with Vietnam and Myanmar has long been a problem. While a crackdown in 2014 helped curb this, there are worries buyers will scramble for sugar supplies as the global market braces for its first deficit in six years.