July 27, 2011

Egypt seeks 60,000 tonnes of wheat for August

Egypt has settled on a tender to purchase 60,000 tonnes of wheat in the last third of August.

General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC), Egypt's main state wheat importer, aims to import a combined 60,000-tonne cargoes of US soft red winter wheat, Canadian soft wheat, French milling wheat, Australian standard white wheat, German milling wheat, Argentine bread wheat, UK milling wheat, Russian milling wheat and Kazakh milling wheat.

GASC's last purchase was 180,000 tonnes of Russian wheat on July 15, its second exclusive tender with Russia.

Russia faced a drought last summer that caused a yearlong ban on wheat exports but the quality of new Russian crops was satisfactory, said Nomani Nomani, vice chairman of the GASC.

Despite past issues with the quality and health standards of Russian wheat, Nomani said the country's participation in future tenders would not be obstructed.

He added that the GASC was assessing the inclusion of Ukraine and Romania on the list of global partners in such tenders.

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