Malaysia: Food and beverage manufacturers get permit to import sugar from overseas

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Sarawak: In good news for food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers in Sarawak, Malaysia, The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has approved eight permits to import sugar from other countries.

Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen said the import permits would help to diminish the cost of production at the factories.

Addressing the press conference, Chong Chieng said, “Despite the low international sugar price, the F&B manufacturers have had to pay about RM2.60 to RM2.70 per kg from the local sugar refineries. Whereas at present the international sugar price is in the range of RM1.40 per kg for raw sugar, while for refined sugar, it is RM1.80 per kg”.

“Because of the previous government’s policy they were not allowed to import sugar due to which they had to purchase it from two sugar refineries in Malaysia,” he further added.

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