September 7, 2007
Italy's Jan-May corn import doubles; wheat down
Italy, which imports cereals to cover roughly half its domestic demand, doubled corn imports in the first five months of 2007 from the same period a year ago but bought less wheat, cereals body Anacer said.
Corn imports to Italy, Europe's second-biggest producer after France, jumped to 1,086,094 tonnes in January-May, boosted by imports from Hungary and other European Union countries, Anacer said.
Imports of soft wheat dropped to 1,565,230 tonnes in the first five months of 2007 from 1,904,163 tonnes in the same period a year earlier.
The amount of durum wheat, used for making pasta, fell to 662,599 tonnes from 762,424, due mainly to smaller imports from Australia, Turkey and Syria, Anacer said.
Soft wheat flour exports plunged to 59,322 tonnes from 155,673 a year earlier. Durum semolina exports fell to 20,400 tonnes from 27,976.