July 10, 2018 / 7:12 AM / 8 months ago

Japan offers to buy 62,865 tonnes of food wheat via tender

    TOKYO, July 10 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to buy 62,865 tonnes
of food-quality wheat from the United States and Australia in a regular tender that will close
late on Thursday.
    The ministry said it has suspended its tender and sale of wheat from Canada after grain
containing a genetically modified trait was discovered last summer in Canada's Alberta province.

    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 thrice a month.

 Details are as follows (in tonnes):
 COUNTRY       TYPE                                               QUANTITY     
 U.S.          Western White                                         17,177  *
 U.S.          Dark Northern Spring(protein minimum 14.0%)           11,353  *
 Australia     Standard White(West Australia)                        34,335  *
 Shipments: * Loading between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30, 2018
Source: Ministry of Agriculture 

 (Reporting by Fumika Inoue; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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