The United States has tapped the Philippines for additional 50,000 metric tons of raw sugar to help stabilize supply following the onslaught of hurricane Katrina last year.

Lawyer Ma. Victoria Magcase, a director of state-owned Philippine International Trading Corp., said the Philippines had already completed exporting 50,000 mt of raw sugar to the US in September based on the allocation given by the US Department of Agriculture under the countertrade sugar swap program between the two countries.

This is the second time in 10 years the US has given the Philippines allocation for raw sugar exports. In 1996, it awarded a 200,000-mt sugar allocation.

Imports have been growing steadily.

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