Kazakhstan. Flour exports went down in 2018


The pace of Kazakh flour exports has been slowing down for a fourth straight month, reports UkrAgroConsult. Kazakhstan supplied 168.6 KMT of flour to foreign markets in March 2018, i.e. 15% less than in February and 16% less than in March 2017.

However, owing to high flour exports in October-February of the current season, the total volume of export shipments in September-March 2017/18 was up 8% on the year at 1.54 MMT against 1.43 MMT at the same time last season.

As before, the top importer is Afghanistan. This country absorbed some 45% of total Kazakh exports during the first seven months of the season, UkrAgroConsult notes. The flour export share of the second biggest importer – Uzbekistan – equals 19.5%. The traditional buyers of Kazakh flour still include Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and China.

China ready to import Kazakh rape meal

Kazakhstan’s Deputy Premier and Agriculture Minister Umirzak Shukeyev and China’s General Customs Administration Head Ni Yuefeng have signed a protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting rape meal to China, reports the press service of the Kazakh Agriculture Ministry.

Previously, in order to promote Kazakh agricultural exports to China, the parties signed protocols and veterinary certificates on a number of agricultural commodities, including soybeans.

Lately, the Kazakh-Chinese trade relations develop actively in many fields of cooperation. The fat-and-oil market segment is no exception: it shows rising sales of not only oilseeds but also oilseed products. So, in September-March 2017/18, shipments from Kazakhstan to China included 108.5 KMT of sunseed, 8.4 KMT of soybeans, 20.9 KMT of sunoil, 12.2 KMT of rape oil, 1.4 KMT of soybean oil, and 8.5 KMT of sunseed meal.

In addition, the plans for 2018 envisage widening cooperation with China in linseed and safflower: relevant veterinary certificates are to be approved for these commodities, reports UkrAgroConsult.




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