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Brazil’s Sugar Awaiting Loading at Ports Rises 28%

The amount of sugar awaiting loading at the main ports in Brazil, the world’s largest producer, climbed 28 percent over the past week, according to Williams Servicos Maritimos Ltda., as demand slowed.

About 1.18 million metric tons of the sweetener was waiting to be loaded onto ships at Recife, Maceio, Paranagua and Santos, the country’s biggest port, figures e-mailed yesterday from the Recife, Brazil-based shipping agency showed. That compares with 918,433 tons a week earlier.

Brazil’s center south, the main growing region of the world’s biggest producer, produced a record 34.1 million tons of sugar in the 2012-13 season that started there in April, industry group Unica said on Jan. 10. The next sugarcane crop there may climb to a record of 580 million to 590 million tons in 2013-14, Datagro Ltd. estimates.

“Given that the early forecasts for the center south crush in 2013-14 are supporting the view that Brazil will churn out even more sugar in the season starting in March, there is little indication that the bearish sentiment could be broken any time soon,” F.O. Licht GmbH said in a report dated Jan. 15.

Sugar prices fell 16 percent last year as global supplies are forecast to outpace demand for a third year in 2012-13, according to the London-based International Sugar Organization. Raw sugar for March delivery rose 0.2 percent to 18.48 cents a pound by 5:18 a.m. on ICE Futures U.S. in New York.

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