Japan buys 147,620 T food wheat via weekly tender

Fri May 17, 2013 5:19am EDT

TOKYO, May 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture
bought 147,620 tonnes of food wheat from the United States,
Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed on
Thursday, the ministry said in a statement. 
    Japan is the world's sixth-biggest importer of wheat, and
the ministry keeps a tight grip on imports of the second most
important staple after rice.
    Local production accounts for about 10 percent of domestic
wheat demand.
    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            24,556  
                      (protein maximum 10.5 pct)
                    **Hard Red Winter          30,966  
                      (protein minimum 11.5 pct)
                    **Dark Northern Spring     29,200  
                      (protein minimum 14.0 pct)
    Canada           *Western Red Spring       34,632  
                      (protein minimum 13.5 pct)
    Australia       ***Standard White          28,266 
     
    Shipments: * Loading between June 21 and July 20 
               **Arrival by Aug. 31
              ***Loading between July 1 and July 31
   
    Source: Ministry of Agriculture 

 (Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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