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
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)