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Jamaica imports 2,000 tonnes of sugar

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMChristopher Serju
Some of the sugar stored in the Marcus Garvey Drive warehouse operated by Jamaica Cane Products Sales Limited, which was damaged by flooding in September.

There will be enough sugar available to meet the usual spike in demand for Christmas, with the Jamaica Cane Products Sales Limited importing 2,000 tonnes of brown (raw) sugar to fill the shortfall created by the destruction of sugar stored in its Marcus Garvey Drive warehouse by flooding in September.

"We had to find a source, and first of all, we had to get it from CARICOM, according to the CARICOM arrangements ... . We were able to get it from Guyana. We almost finished importing it. Just a small amount is left to come in," General Manager Karl James told The Gleaner.

The flood, which occurred after crop time, meant that local factories were unable to supply the needed commodity, following a directive from the public health department that the affected sugar be destroyed, according to James.

James explained that the company's insurers, Lloyds of London, has begun compensation payments.

"We got half the insurance and we are looking to get the rest any time now. We got half of it already because they saw the reasons for it, and all of that, you know, so they didn't have too many questions to ask."

Jamaicans consume between about 49,000 tonnes of brown sugar each year, according to the Sugar Industry Authority.

christopher.serju@gleanerjm.com