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Japan buys 143,643 tonnes food wheat via tender

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture bought a total of 143,643 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States, Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed late on Thursday.

Japan, the world’s sixth-biggest wheat importer, keeps a tight grip on imports of the country’s second most important staple after rice and buys the majority of the grain for milling via tenders typically issued three times a month.

Details are as follows (in tonnes):

 COUNTRY     TYPE                                             QUANTITY             
 U.S.        Western White                                    24,160       *
 U.S.        Dark Northern Spring(protein minimum 14.0 pct)   11,115       *
 U.S.        Hard Red Winter(Semi Hard)                       27,700       *
 Canada      Western Red Spring(protein minimum 13.5 pct)     34,740       **
 Canada      Western Red Spring(protein minimum 13.5 pct)     24,638       **
 Australia   Standard White(west Australia)                   21,290       **

Shipments: *Arrival by March 5, 2019
**Loading between Jan. 16, 2019 and Feb. 15, 2019

Source: Ministry of Agriculture
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Yoko Matsudaira; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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