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Japan offers to buy 111,961 tonnes of food wheat via tender

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to buy a total of 111,961 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States, Canada and Australia in a regular tender that will close 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                                    11,680       *
 U.S.        Dark Northern Spring(protein minimum 14.0 pct)   13,446       *
 U.S.        Hard Red Winter(Semi Hard)                       27,845       *
 Canada      Western Red Spring(protein minimum 13.5 pct)     34,650       *
 Australia   Standard White(West Australia)                   24,340       **

Shipments: *Loading between Feb. 21 and March 20, 2019
**Loading between March 1 and March 31, 2019
Source: Ministry of Agriculture

Source: Reuters (Reporting by Fumika Inoue; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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