Russia in January-February 2012, imported 1.4 tons of raw sugar, 78.8 times that in less than 2 months in 2011 / 110.4 thousand tons /. This is today the Federal Customs Service / FCS /. In value terms, imports of Russian raw sugar fell to 49.9-fold to 1.8 million compared to $ 89.9 million dollars a year in January and February 2011. In 2011, the gross harvest of sugar beet in Russia increased by 2.1 times to 46.3 million tons.
By the end of January 2012 Russia for the first time in history produced a record 5,000,000 tons of beet sugar. The increase in sugar production allows Russia to reach the level of complete self Sugar and significantly reduce the demand for imported raw sugar.
Imports of white sugar in the January-February 2012 decreased by 22.1 percent to 8.1 tonnes to 10.4 tonnes in the previous year. In value terms, imports of white sugar fell by 40.6 percent — to 5.7 million from 9.6 million a year earlier. In particular, 6.9 thousand tons of sugar at $ 4.8 million were imported from foreign countries, 1.2 tonnes of 0.9 million — from the CIS countries.