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India's NAFED tenders to purchase 100,000 tonnes corn

A workers empties a sack of corn kernels at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) market yard on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Indian group NAFED has issued an international tender to purchase and import up to 100,000 tonnes of corn (maize), European traders said on Wednesday.

The corn should be sourced from Ukraine, they said.

The tender closes on Dec. 3 with offers having to remain valid up to Dec. 24.

NAFED, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India, is seeking corn free of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), they said.

Shipment is sought in 2020 between Jan. 10 and Jan. 31. Some 50,000 tonnes is sought for shipment to the port of Mangalore and 50,000 tonnes to the port of Tuticorin.

Offers are sought on c&f free out terms which include some ship unloading costs.

Indian buyers had issued a series of corn import tenders earlier this year, but import demand from the country has been generally quiet since the last reported tender in August, one trader said.

Reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta