Iraq buys 200,000 tonnes of Thai, Algerian sugar - ministry

BAGHDAD, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Iraq has bought 200,000 tonnes

of white sugar from Thailand and Algeria, the trade ministry

said on Friday.

The purchase comprised of 100,000 tonnes of Thai sugar in a

tender for a nominal 50,000 tonnes, which closed on Feb. 4.

The trade ministry did not give a reason why Thai sugar was

selected after it was excluded along with Indian origin sugar

from the initial tender.

The other 100,000 tonnes, including 50,000 tonnes of Algeria

sugar and another 50,000 tonnes from Thailand, was made through

direct purchase.

Iraq is the world's second largest white sugar importer

after the United States with an annual consumption estimated in

the 2012-2013 period at 795,000 tonnes, according to trade group

the International Sugar Organisation (ISO).

(Reporting by Patrick Markey)

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