The centre has permitted sugar mills and refiners to import a total of three lakh tonnes of raw sugar through southern ports of India at 25 per cent import duty under Open General Licence.
This has been done to supplement the availability of sugar in southern India and to stabilize sugar price, a commerce ministry release stated.
The imports are open to millers and refiners who have their own capacity to convert raw sugar into refined /white sugar, it added.
The imports will be allowed through the ports of Tuticorin, Karaikal, Chennai, Mangalore, Kakinada, Gangavaram and Vishakapatnam in the south.
The scheme will be operated by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) as per rules and regulations.
DGFT will receive applications for sugar quota online at firstname.lastname@example.org from 8 to 12 September 2017. Details of the scheme can be seen on the website of DGFT ( www.dgft.gov.in).