TOKYO, April 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture
bought 105,425 tonnes of food wheat from the United States,
Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed on
Japan is the world's sixth-biggest wheat importer, and the
ministry keeps a tight grip on imports of the second most
important grain after rice.
Local production accounts for about 10 percent of domestic
The ministry buys about 5 million tonnes of foreign wheat
for milling annually.
Details are as follows (in tonnes):
COUNTRY TYPE QUANTITY
U.S. *Western White 5,330
(protein maximum 10.5 pct)
*Hard Red Winter 18,725
(protein minimum 11.5 pct)
**Dark Northern Spring 24,330
(protein minimum 14.0 pct)
Canada *Western Red Spring 25,470
(protein minimum 13.5 pct)
Australia ***Standard White 31,570
Shipments: * Arrival by July 31 **Loading between May 21 and
June 20 *** Loading between June 1 and June 30
Source: Ministry of Agriculture
(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Anand Basu)
Keywords: JAPAN WHEAT/TENDER
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