January 9, 2004

 

 

EU Issues 175,000 MT Wheat Import Licenses

 

The European Union Commission has issued 175,000 metric tons of wheat import licenses in the week to Jan. 6, bringing the total amount of import licenses issued since the start of the 2003-04 marketing year on July 1 to 2.391 million tons, according to official E.U. Commission figures released Thursday.

 

The Commission also provided figures for the previous week's import license awards in the week to Dec. 23, when 103,000 tons of wheat import licenses had been given.

 

Import licenses were also issued in the week to Jan. 6 for 109,000 tons of corn, bringing the total to 2.213 million tons. Here the award in the week to Dec. 23 stood at 463,000 tons.

 

Further, the Commission gave import licenses for 26,000 tons of durum wheat, where the total stands now at 1.187 million tons. Figures for the previous week until Dec. 23 showed that 19,000 tons of durum wheat import licenses had been given.

 

It also gave import licenses for 48,000 tons of sorghum in the week to Jan. 6, bringing the total to 851,000 tons. In the week to Dec. 23, 54,000 tons of sorghum import licences had been awarded.

 

The E.U. faces a grain shortfall of 5 to 8.5 million tons for the 2003-04 marketing year, which is expected to be covered mostly by imports of corn and soft wheat, according to industry analysts.

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