Sudanese companies buy 80,000 tonnes of white sugar

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KHARTOUM July 24 (Reuters) – Sudan’s Kenana sugar company said on Saturday it had bought 40,000 tonnes of white sugar from regional markets which had already arrived in Port Sudan for off-loading.

The governmental Sudanese Sugar Company also bought a similar amount of white sugar, Kenana said. The company itself was not available to comment.

“This came from regional markets – the vessels are in Port Sudan and one is already off-loading,” Kenana Marketing Director Hassan Erwa told Reuters, referring to the sugar Kenana had bought.

He said he could not immediately reveal the source of the commodity or how much they had paid for it.

Two other Kenana officials told Reuters the Sudanese Sugar Company had also imported 40,000 tonnes of white sugar but could not offer any more details on when their shipment would arrive.

Sudanese sugar consumption outstripped production in 2009/2010 and Sudan planned to plug the 300,000 tonne gap with imports.

A basic commodity in Sudan, sugar prices tend to spike ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which begins in less than two weeks. (Reporting by Opheera McDoom; editing by Patrick Graham) (Khartoum newsroom; Tel: +249 912 167 378; opheera.mcdoom@thomsonreuters.com))

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