Fiji resumes sugar export to China

The Fiji Sugar Corporation is keen to continue pursuing Asian markets for raw sugar. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation has resumed the shipment of Fijian sugar to the Chinese market.

According to a statement released by Government, FSC recently sent its second consignment for this year on the MV Erradale from Lautoka.

This is FSC’S first consignment of sugar for the Chinese market after a lapse of many years, with a total of 34,000 tonnes, for which 20,000 was loaded from Labasa’s Malau Port.

And with increasing demand for Fijian sugar, the FSC is also optimistic about expanding its Asian customer base.

“There is a lot of exciting opportunities in those markets,” FSC chief executive officer Graham Clark said.

“China is looking for Fiji sugar with the right quality but this also depends on the price and we need to ensure that we watch the world markets, and if the price is right we hope to negotiate more sales to Asia,” Mr Clark added.

Mr Graham said the last time Fiji exported sugar to China was decades ago.

“So it has been great to re-enter this market as we believe it will be a growth market for Fiji’s sugar,” he added.

And considering their large populations and the expanse of their food-processing volumes, the FSC is particularly targeting both the Chinese and Japanese markets.

The FSC previously shipped 35,000 tonnes of sugar for the United Kingdom and European markets on the MV Rodina. These included 20,000 tonnes of Fairtrade-certified sugar for Europe and the remaining 15,000 tones for the UK.

A total of five shipments are scheduled between September and March 2019.

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