Smuggling sugar from Somalia to neighbouring Kenya could be the highest source of revenue for the Al-Shabaab militants, according to a report published by the Global Initiative Network.
According to the Vietnam Sugar Association (VSA), in the first 5 months of 2022, there was an unusually sharp increase in sugar imports from ASEAN countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar).
The Vietnam Sugar and Sugarcane Association (VSSA) reports that the volume of sugar exported to Vietnam from Laos has increased sixty-fold since the country imposed an anti-dumping tax on Thai sugar in 2021.
Kenya – In 2020, smuggled sugar represented 48% of the contraband goods in the country [Full subscriber]
Drop in sugar output from high production costs and mismanagement of factories over the past two decades have led to illicit trade in sugar. According to the National Crime Research Centre, in 2020, sugar made up 48% of the goods smuggled into the country.
Some 100,000 tonnes of locally produced sugar, valued at US$40 million, remain unsold due to smuggled sugar stealing the market share, according to a local sugar industry official.
The Senegalese Sugar Company (SSC) has raised an alarm that it is not able to sell locally produced sugar due to illegal imports, threatening both the industry and livelihoods of the employees of the factories, according to local press reports.
Local sugar producers are having a hard time selling their output due to smuggling from a couple of Latin American countries, said the head of the Paraguayan Sugar Center, Eduardo Felippo on October 21st, according to local press reports.
Smuggling of sugar on large scale into the country is beginning to threaten the survival of the local sugar industry which supports tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs, according to local press reports.
The local sugar company Sosucam has told the government to act resolutely against smuggling which is hitting its business and may subsequently result in bankruptcy and factory closure, according to local press reports.
The local sugar company Compagnie Sucriere du Tchad (CST) sugar company of Chad (CST) is facing problems selling its output in the local market due to competition with smuggled sugar according to its assistant general manager, Emmanuel Castel, reported in the local press.