Tanzania puts a stop to sugar importation

In a bid to promote local productions and ensure better operations, Tanzanian President, John Magufuli has announced that importation of sugar is put to a stop.

The President looks to encourage more businesses in the country and enhance local production by individual companies. He believes sugar plants in the country has what it takes to sustain the demand of the market by itself.

Prior to this development, Magufuli had restricted the issuance of sugar imports permits, demanding that only valid imported sugar gets clearance from his office and that of the Prime Minister.

In January, the East African country was plagued by a deepening sugar crisis that had the country’s Trade and Environment Committee issue a directive to the government to fast-track clearance of stalled industrial sugar at the Dar es Salaam Port, in order to avert the looming crisis of shutting down factories.

Moreover, constant reliance on imported sugar has crippled local production, as consumers now prefer imported products over homemade products. In May 2017, the East African country reported that its annual production was at about 320,000 metric tonnes against the domestic consumption of about 420,000 metric tonnes, leaving a deficit of about 100,000 tonnes a year to be made up by imports. Tanzania produces an average of 300,000 tonnes of sugar per year with a demand of 590,000 tonnes per year.
With the improvement of the sugar factory in the country, Tanzania hopes to compete in the regional market and prosper in international territories as local sugar manufacturers have been tasked to ensure that the quality of production matches international standards.