EU Slaps Duty On India Sugar

Published online: Apr 17, 2001
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India has asked the European Union to restore the country's quota for sugar exports to the region.

"India is negotiating with the European Commission on all issues of common interest. The two main points taken up are retaining duty-free quota of basmati rice and restoring the same for sugar," Indian Agriculture Minister Nitish Kumar said.

Speaking after an hour-long meeting with the EU delegation led by their commissioner for agriculture Franz Fischler, he said that India wanted its original quota of 25,000 tons of refined sugar exports with zero duty to be restored.

As of now, 10,000 tons each of raw and refined sugar were being exported to the EU with duty exemption while a 250 percent duty was being imposed on the rest.