Rise in shipping costs change destination of exported Guatemalan sugar.

The high cost of transportation from Guatemala to markets in Asia, Australia and Africa has displaced national sugar exporters, who increased their exports to the EU and the Caribbean.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sales to the Far East and Australia dropped from 30% for the period from November 2007 to July 2007, to 13.2% for the current harvest.
According to information from the Sugar Association of Guatemala (Asazgua), there is a similar trend in sugar sales to the Middle East, North Africa, Western Europe and the Indian subcontinent.



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