Japan buys 108,901 tonnes of food wheat via tender

Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:18am EDT

TOKYO, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture
bought 108,901 tonnes of food wheat from the United States,
Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed on
Thursday, a ministry official said.
    Japan, the world's sixth-biggest wheat importer, keeps a
tight grip on imports of the country's second most important
staple after rice and buys the majority of the grain for milling
via tenders typically issued three times a month.
    
    Details are as follows (in tonnes):
    COUNTRY           TYPE                         QUANTITY
    U.S.              Western White                  21,011*
                      Hard Red Winter                20,520*
                      (semi-hard)
                  Dark Northern Spring        21,300**   
                      (protein minimum 14.0 pct)
    Canada            Western Red Spring             26,510**
                      (protein minimum 12.5 pct)
    Australia         Standard White                 19,560***
                      (West Australia)
    
    Shipments:     * Loading between Oct. 21-Nov. 20
                ** Arrival by Dec. 31
                    *** Loading between Nov. 1-30
     
    Source: Ministry of Agriculture 

 (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Anand Basu)
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