March 17, 2017 / 9:49 AM / 3 years ago

China extends sugar dumping probe until May 22

Labourers work on piles of sugarcanes at a sugar refinery in Menghai county, Yunnan province December 6, 2011. REUTERS/Wong Campion/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will extend until May 22 a months-long investigation into sugar imports, the commerce ministry said on Friday, effectively delaying a decision by one of the world’s top sugar consumers whether to impose punitive tariffs on imports of the sweetener.

The investigation into anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties was launched last September following complaints by domestic industry officials, as millers have battled rising farming costs.

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Josephine Mason; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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