India likely to increase sugar import tax to 50%.

India is likely to raise import duty on the sweetener to 50 percent from 40 percent in an attempt to restrict the cheaper flow of the commodity from overseas. The government in April allowed the duty-free import of 500,000 tonnes of sugar by the end of June to keep a lid on prices after local production fell by a fifth from a year ago. However, in 2017/18 marketing year starting from October 1, India sugar output is expected to jump a quarter from the previous year to 25 million tonnes. There have been some apprehensions of cheaper imports flooding the Indian market. That’s why the government is likely to raise the duty to 50 percent.