Kazakhstan has started supplying of wheat from Akmola region [central Kazakhstan] to the Chinese market, Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan reported. According to the contract, Kazakhstan is expected to export about 10 kmt [~10,000 metric tons] of wheat by the end of 2013…Full Article: BlackSeaGrain Dec 2013

Key point

  • Kazakhstan intends on boosting wheat export volumes to China in the coming years

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2006, Chinese wheat imports totaled a modest 590,486 MTs. From 2007 to 2008, imports hit a lull and averaged roughly 64,000 MTs per year. From 2009 to 2011, imports steadily increased from 896,893 MTs to 1.2 million MTs. Imports dramatically increased in 2012, totaling 3.2 million MTs from January to September. From 2006 to 2011, import unit values for wheat averaged US$256 per MT and US$295 per MT from January to September 2012.
  • China’s top wheat supplier is Australia, followed by the U.S. and Canada. Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom occasionally supply China with small amounts (~50,000 MTs) of wheat

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