Japan is seeking to buy 139,237 metric tons of milling wheat from the U.S., Canada and Australia in a regular tender on April 19, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The Australian wheat is for loading from June 1 to June 30, while the U.S. grain is for loading from May 21 to June 20, Toshiki Tojo at the ministry’s grain-trade division said by phone today. The remainder is for arrival by July 31, he said. The volume sought is the smallest since March 23, when the government bought 133,792 tons.
The ministry, which controls overseas purchases and domestic sales to stabilize supply, is Asia’s largest buyer as a single entity. It bought 4.65 million tons through regular tenders last fiscal year, compared with 5.16 million tons in the year ended March 31, 2011. Details of this week’s tender are listed below:
============================================================= Wheat Exporter Grade Metric Tons ============================================================= U.S. Western White 19,566 Hard Red Winter 23,749 Dark Northern Spring 45,312 Canada Western Red Spring 20,600 Australia Standard White 30,010 ==============================================================
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