China Feb sugar imports at multi-year low; corn down 30 pct on year - customs


BEIJING, March 23 (Reuters) -

* China imported 20,000 tonnes of sugar in February, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Friday

* Imports of the sweetener were down from the prior month's 30,000 tonnes, and the lowest since mid-2014 as hefty anti-dumping duties imposed last year continued to curb buying

* China's Lunar New Year Festival that began on Feb. 16, also dampened demand for imports

* Corn imports in February fell to 100,000 tonnes, down from 390,000 tonnes the prior month, and down 29.9 percent from 142,556 tonnes in the same month last year

* Year-on-year numbers may be skewed by the Lunar New Year holiday, which was in January in 2017, but in February this year

* Corn purchases are also under pressure because of concerns over tighter controls on genetically modified strains of the grain (Reporting by Dominique Patton; Editing by Tom Hogue)