3 Nov 2010 15:05

Belarus to export 200,000 tonnes of sugar to Russia in 2011

MINSK. Nov 3 (Interfax) - Belarus plans to export up to 200,000 tonnes of sugar to Russia and up to 50,000 tonnes to Kazakhstan in 2011, Belgospischeprom's chairman, Ivan Danchenko, said at a press conference on Wednesday in Minsk.

He said that sugar producers in the Customs Union have formed an association that will determine market policy and sugar supply balances.

"We have our market share in this balance: 50,000 tonnes in Kazakhstan and 200,000 tonnes in Russia," he said.

Danchenko said that according to agreements with Russia, Belarus should increase its sugar exports to Russia to 185,000 tonnes from an initially planned 150,000 tonnes.

"Russia has a problem with arrears in sugar and sugar beat, as well as the expensive cost of raw sugar and a high duty on it," Danchenko said.