Lack of containers has put brakes to sugar exports from India, stated exporters including that with rising container motion within the US and China the number of containers out there to Indian exporters are fewer.

Sugar mills and merchants are additionally dealing with a scarcity of vans to move sugar to the ports and throughout the nation. With the prediction of extra sugar production this season, mills are in a rush to export most sugar however lack of containers and vans has posed a serious downside.

According to sugar merchants, within the final one month Maharashtra mills have signed contracts to export about 7 lakh tonnes (lt) of the sweetener. However, simply 1.5 ltcould be really exported.

“Mills and exporters now face a challenge to fulfil the contracts instead of signing new export contracts. Majority of containers are stuck in China and the US. Only 40 per cent containers of the total requirement are available to Indian exporters. Not only sugar but even rice export is being hit because of lack of containers,” stated sugar dealer and exporter Ashok Ghorpade.

Mills in dock

According to business gamers, availability of truck will enhance within the subsequent few days as soon as transport of rice and soya goes down.

Unavailability of containers affecting export might land sugar mills in additional bother. According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), 487 sugar mills are in operation within the nation as on January 15. These mills have produced 142.70 lt of sugar, as in comparison with 108.94 lt produced by 440 sugar mills in the course of the same period final year.

India exported 6.25 lt in 2017-18; 30 lt in 2018-19 and a record 57 lt in SY2019-20 serving to the business to trim down stock and easing liquidity.

According to ISMA, about Three lakh tonnes of sugar has been exported throughout October-December 2020, which is towards the MAEQ of 2019-20 SS prolonged upto December 31, 2020. The government’s subsidy of ₹3,500 crore covers bills on advertising and marketing prices together with dealing with, upgrading and different processing prices and prices of worldwide and inside transport and freight costs.Sugar business is anxious that if transport costs go up, it could have an effect on its revenue margins.