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Japan buys 99,462 tonnes of food-quality wheat via tender

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture bought 99,462 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States and Canada 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 majority of the grain for milling via tenders typically issued thrice a month.

Details are as follows (in tonnes):

 COUNTRY       TYPE                                              QUANTITY         
 U.S.          Western White                                     16,690      *
 U.S.          Dark Northern Spring(protein minimum 14.0 pct)    10,940      *
 U.S.          Hard Red Winter                                   36,370      **
 Canada        Western Red Spring(protein minimum 13.5 pct)      35,462      *

Shipments: * Loading between Dec. 21, 2018 and Jan. 20, 2019 ** Arriving on Feb. 28, 2019
Source: Ministry of Agriculture

Source: Reuters (Reporting by Fumika Inoue; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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