PPI begins raw sugar import

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 09:00

State-owned trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia (PPI) has begin realizing raw sugar import plan as the first shipment of 3,000 tons of sugar arrived on April 4th.

“One vessel has already entered the Ciwandan Port in Banten, the remainder is waiting in Thailand,” Heinrich Napitupulu, President Director of PPI, was quoted by Kontan on Monday as saying.  He said that another 140,500 tons of raw sugar will arrive in the third week of Apil, and 12,500 tons in the fourth week of the month, to make a total import of 156,000 tons.

The import plan is much lower than the 240,000 tons import quota set by the government.  Heinrich did not provide clear explanation on why the company decided to only import 156,000 tons of raw sugar.  He only said that the company does not have to realize the entire import quota, and that the government has only given until May to process and distribute the sugar products. 

PPI has appointed eight domestic refined sugar producers to process the raw sugar into white crystal sugar for household consumption in the eastern part of Indonesia.  The eight firms include PT Duta Sugar International, PT Jawamanis Rafinasi, PT Angel Products, PT Sentra Usahatama Jaya, PT Permata Dunia Sukses Utama, PT Dharmapala Usaha Sukses, PT Makassar Tene, and PT Sugar Labinta. (rei)

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