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)