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Sugar Shipments To Go Ahead This Year

Chief executive officer Graham Clark was asked whether the present crisis surrounding coronavirus would impact its ability to ship sugar to its markets across the globe.
19 Mar 2020 09:55
Sugar Shipments To Go Ahead This Year
Graham Clark.

Fiji’s sugar exports this year will still go ahead.The Fiji Sugar Corporation’s next export shipment of sugar will not take place until July and would give the company time to see the impact COVID-19 might have on shipping.

Chief executive officer Graham Clark was asked whether the present crisis surrounding coronavirus would impact its ability to ship sugar to its markets across the globe.

“Global supply chains are being managed carefully to avoid procurement delays,” Mr Clark said.

“We are not exporting until July this year so we are watching to see impact.”

Fiji’s major markets includes Europe, the United States, China, Japan and regional neighbours.

Last year the company had started its new branding of smaller portions of two and four kilogram packages. This market was growing in New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Major shipping companies have halted their vessels amid many countries closing their bordrs, including ports, to ships.

Fiji has not yet recorded any CORVID 19 case and this may have a positive effect on shipping.

As for this year’s sugar export, Mr Clark said normal planning was ongoing. On messages being received from overseas buyers, he said generally they were managing supply delays and trying to give early warnings if necessary.

“Yes Fiji will go ahead with exports since the country is presently virus free.”

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