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Philippines to import extra 150,000 tonnes sugar to tackle inflation

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The Philippines said it would allow traders to import an additional 150,000 tonnes of raw or refined sugar before the end of the year to bring down local prices, as it battles an inflation rate running at the highest in over nine years.

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The Southeast Asian nation, which is not a regular sugar importer, usually buys from Thailand, the world's second-largest exporter after Brazil.

In June the Philippines said it would import up to 200,000 tonnes of sugar to plug a shortage in domestic supply.

The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), in an order released on Monday, set the maximum import volume for 2018/19 crop year ending August 31 next year at 150,000 tonnes. But it said the entire volume should arrive not later than December 31 this year.

The import programme is open to all international sugar traders registered with the SRA, including end-users such as beverage manufacturers.

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