India may give more time to export sugar under advance license scheme.

The government may consider giving millers and refiners more time to export refined sugar under the advance license scheme in a bid to ensure adequate supplies in the domestic market if prices continue to rise in the run-up to Diwali. The government may raise time period from six months to 18 months or two years, depending on when the country has a sugar surplus. For the time being, the move would ensure enough supplies in the market. The advance licence scheme allows import of duty-free raw sugar, but on condition that the refined sugar produced from the imported sweetener will be exported within six months.