March 15, 2007


India gives more time for replacement of Russian wheat cargo



India's government said Wednesday (Mar 14) it has extended a deadline to trading companies for the arrival of a duty-free cargo of Russian wheat it contracted last year to Apr 30 from Feb 28 previously.


"A cargo of around 50,000 tonnes of imported wheat of Russian origin failed quality tests at (the southern port of) Chennai in September, and the replacement is expected to be delivered by (the end of) next month," said a food ministry official.


He said a formal extension has been put in place in line with technical procedures that need to be followed at the port of delivery.


India's federal government contracted 5.5 million tonnes of imported wheat in 2006 from various origins, of which around 5.4 million tonnes have already arrived.


Last week, Food Secretary T. Nanda Kumar said actual deliveries of imported wheat may end at around 5.45 million tonnes, as purchase contracts provide for a marginal difference in the volume of the cargoes.

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