September 12, 2011

 

Russian wheat exports hit 2.4 million tonnes in July

 

 

After Russian embargo on grain exports was removed, 2.4 million tonnes of wheat was exported in July this year, according to customs data on Friday (Sep 9).

 

Russia imposed a ban on grain exports from August 15, 2010 to July 1, 2011 to curb rising prices after the worst heat waveon record.

 

But it managed to export 34,600 tonnes of wheat to some countries of the former Soviet Union, to which the ban lifted on July 1 does not apply, and 1,400 tonnes to non-CIS countries.

 

The government allows grain exports in special cases under intergovernmental agreements and as humanitarian aid, among other cases, such as supplies to fishing and other ships in international waters, and to diplomatic and other official missions abroad.

 

Russian poultry and red meat purchases rose in the first seven months of this year from the same period a year ago, according to the customs data.

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