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Japan seeks 160,640 tonnes of food wheat via tender

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture sought 160,640 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States and Canada in a regular tender on Tuesday.

Japan, the world’s sixth-largest 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.

The tender will close late Thursday.

Details are as follows (in tonnes):

 COUNTRY       TYPE                                                  QUANTITY           
 U.S.          Western White                                         14,992        *
 U.S.          Hard Red Winter(Semi Hard)                            19,145        *
 U.S.          Dark Northern Spring(protein minimum 14.0%)           31,828        *
 U.S.          Dark Northern Spring(protein minimum 14.0%)           25,255        *
 Canada        Western Red Spring(protein minimum 13.5 pct)          34,740        **
 Canada        Western Red Spring(protein minimum 13.5 pct)          34,680        *
 
    Shipments: * Loading between Jan. 16 and Feb. 15
               ** Arriving by Mar. 5

Source: Reuters (Reporting by Fumika Inoue, editing by Louise Heavens)

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