In the sugar season 2020-21 where the Government has allocated 60 lakh metric tonnes of sugar for exports, Maharashtra is set to export almost 50% of the allocated quanity. A major decision from the Department of Food & Public Distribution (DFPD) to allow exchange of export quantity of sugar with monthly sale quota between mills to maximise exports and reduce transportation cost involvement involved in movement of sugar from one state to another for domestic consumption is seems to be bringing ease to millers across the country.
In a notification released on the 30th day of April 2021, the DPFD revised the Maximum Admissible Export Quantity (MAEQ) after taking into account the passing of 10 orders of exchange and reallocation of export & domestic quota which displays mills in Maharashtra allocated with 41.47% of the quota, mills in Uttar Pradesh with 29.97% of the quota and mills in Karnataka with 11.87% of the quota.
The state wise allocated MAEQ is as below.
According to sources, “Many sugar mills from Uttar Pradesh have sold MAEQ licenses to traders for which the sugar was sourced from Maharashtra. This decision of pliability in the export scheme is encouraging and will drive towards the set target of exports.
Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) in a recent statement informed that about 29.72 lac tons of sugar have been physically exported out of the country during October,2020 – March,2021 period, as compared to about 30.64 lac tons exported in the last sugar year during the same period. However, current year exports also include about 4.48 lac tons of sugar exported under MAEQ of the 2019-20 season which was extended upto 31stDecember, 2020. During the current year, one encouraging factor is that the mills have physically exported more than 25 lac tons in the first three months after announcement of MAEQ export policy for 2020-21 season on 31st December,2020, including about 12 lac tons in the month of March, 2021 itself. This is almost 42% of the 60 lac tons of export quota for the current year. It is also reported that about 8 lac tons of sugar is in the pipeline for export in April,2021. Furthermore, in the current year, major export destinations are Indonesia and Afghanistan, accounting for almost 48% of total exports.