Russian wheat prices steady on strong export demand

29.07.2013

Offer prices for a new crop, rapeseed, fell to 11,000-11,500 roubles per tonne from 11,800-12,300 roubles per tonne on excluding works (EXW) in the North Caucasus region, SovEcon added.

Russia's wheat export prices were flat last week, after falling over the previous two months, due to strong demand from customers in North Africa and the Middle East, analysts said on Monday.

Russia, one of the world's leading wheat exporters, had harvested 28 million tonnes of wheat from 36 percent of its planted area as of July 26. It hopes to increase the crop by one third to at least 50 million tonnes after last year's drought.

Wheat export prices typically fall in summer months as harvesting gathers pace and supply increases.

"There is high demand for Russia's July grains exports, mostly due to an incredible level of activity in the Azov Sea ports," Dmitry Rylko, the head of the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies (IKAR), said in a note.

The country exported more than 1.65 million tonnes of grain, including 1.36 million tonnes of wheat, during July 1-25, he said. Exports have already exceeded July forecasts, which were upgraded last week.

Prices for wheat supplies with 12.5 percent protein content were unchanged at $252 per tonne in the Black Sea on a free-on-board (FOB) basis last week, according to IKAR. Prices in shallow-water ports rose $1 to $222 per tonne.

IKAR's quoted prices for wheat with 11.5 percent protein content were also unchanged at $245 per tonne. SovEcon agriculture analysts quoted them at $246-251 per tonne in deep-water ports and at $230-233 per tonne in shallow-water ports.

Stable Russian wheat bucked the global wheat price trend which has come under pressure as harvesting gathers pace and from lower corn prices. November milling wheat in Paris was down 0.9 percent at 186 euros ($250) a tonne by 1031 GMT.

Egypt, the world's biggest importer of wheat and the largest importer of Russian wheat, last week bought 240,000 tonnes of Russian, Romanian and Ukrainian wheat for shipment on Sept. 1-10.

It was Egypt's third international tender since February and the second since the ousting of President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

Apart from Egypt, Russian wheat trading has been active with other traditional clients such as Turkey, Iran and Iraq, and with less frequent customers such as South Africa, IKAR said last week.

Offer prices for a new crop, rapeseed, fell to 11,000-11,500 roubles per tonne from 11,800-12,300 roubles per tonne on excluding works (EXW) in the North Caucasus region, SovEcon added.

Russian white sugar prices were stable at 23,800 roubles or $731 per tonne, according to IKAR.


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