Dáil Éireann - Volume 412 - 12 November, 1991

Written Answers. - Sugar Imports/Exports.

84. Mr. Deasy asked the Taoiseach if he will outline (a) the amount and (b) the value of sugar (1) imported and (2) exported in each of the last six years.

The Taoiseach: The information requested by the Deputy is given in the following table which covers imports and exports of “cane or beet sugar and chemically pure sucrose, in solid form”:—

Period

Imports*

Exports*

Tonnes

£000

Tonnes

£000

1985

11,581

5,755

71,871

27,557

1986

9,743

5,132

45,603

18,825

1987

18,618

9,860

59,592

27,993

1988

7,677

4,214

68,868

35,151

1989

6,538

3,683

39,834

21,199

1990

6,675

3,861

69,765

26,738

* In general it should be noted that commodity detail from external trade statisticcs does not include: (a) transactions (non-dutiable) of less than £100 in 1986 and £200 from 1987; (b) trade by firms operating in Shannon Free Airport; and (c) postal packages not covered by customs entries.