Egypt to decide on fate of Romanian wheat cargo after Eid holiday


Egypt will issue a decision on a Romanian wheat shipment after the Eid al-Adha holiday, which ends on Sept. 4, judicial sources told Reuters.

Egypt’s agriculture quarantine service rejected a 63,000 tonne Romanian wheat shipment due to the presence of poppy seeds last week and transferred the case to the public prosecutor.

The public prosecutor is looking likely to reject and re-export the cargo, which was purchased by state grain buyer GASC, a judicial source told Reuters last week.

If re-exported, the cargo would be the first GASC wheat purchase to be turned away from an Egyptian port since a French wheat cargo sold by Bunge was rejected for containing the common grain fungus ergot in late 2015.

Traders say any rejection of a wheat cargo purchased by GASC could again make global wheat suppliers hesitant to do business with Egypt after a near year-long row over import requirements last year that led many of them to boycott state tenders.


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