November 26, 2012


Malaysia buys 50,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine



Malaysian feed millers have acquired about 50,000 tonnes of corn from Ukraine, for its January shipment.


Meanwhile, importers in the Philippines took around 55,000 tonnes of Australian feed wheat.


Indonesian buyers are looking to cover wheat supplies for February and March shipment, although trading slowed this week with the Chicago Board of Trade electronic platform closed during the US Thanksgiving holiday.


"People have been looking for US corn, but we haven't see a lot of business being done as buyers still have some options, such as Ukraine, which is much cheaper," said one trader with a global trading company.


Ukrainian corn was traded between US$340 and US$350 a tonne, including cost and freight, compared with US corn being offered at US$360 to US$365 a tonne. Australian feed wheat into the Philippines was sold at US$355 a tonne, C&F.


The Australian wheat harvest is in full swing, with farmers having gathered 40% of the crop, which is putting pressure on prices.


On the country's east coast, farmers have wrapped up the harvest in most parts of Queensland, while it is 70% completed in northern New South Wales.


In Western Australia, the harvest is between 20% and 60% completed, while in South Australia it is beginning to gather pace.


"Australian wheat prices are coming under pressure because of the harvest and it is becoming more competitive," said another Singapore-based grains trader.


Australian prime wheat was quoted around US$375 a tonne, C&F, about US$5 to US$10 lower than last week, while Australian standard wheat was offered close to US$365 a tonne. Australian hard wheat with 11.5% protein content was offered around US$390 a tonne.


"It is very difficult to find Australian prime hard wheat with 13.5% to 14% protein as quality is not very good," another Singapore trader said.


Lower protein levels than average are another blow to Australia's overall wheat output, already set to be well down on last year's record crop, after dry weather in Western Australia, the country's largest wheat producing state, stunted yields.


Still, CBH Group said indications from harvests across Western Australia suggest grain production there is likely to surpass nine million tonnes, the upper end of their forecasts, with wheat expected to account for about six million tonnes.


US soft white wheat was offered in Asia at US$375 a tonne, C&F, in a bulk cargo of 60,000 tonnes, largely unchanged from last week. Spring wheat with 14% protein was quoted at US$420 a tonne and hard red winter wheat between US$405 and US$410.


This week Iraq's state grains board bought a total of 350,000 tonnes of wheat from Australia, Russia and Canada in a tender for a nominal 50,000 tonnes.


South Korea's Daehan Flour Mills bought 48,200 tonnes of milling wheat. It took 24,500 tonnes of US wheat for shipment in March and 23,700 tonnes of Canadian wheat for February-March arrival.


The country's largest feedmaker, Nonghyup Feed, bought 55,000 tonnes of soy in a tender for up to 110,000 tonnes this week.

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