In 2019/20 MY, the EU significantly increased the import of durum wheat – to 2.2 mln tonnes, up 72% compared to 2018/19 MY and up 49% compared to 2017/18 MY.
According to the European Commission, Italy was the main importer as usually. The country bought 2 mln tonnes of durum wheat. Belgium (112 thsd tonnes) and Spain (53 thsd tonnes) took the second and the third places correspondingly among the largest European importers of durum wheat.
As to the main suppliers of durum wheat to the EU, the biggest surplus was observed from the USA – to 778 thsd tonnes, up almost 3 times. The share of US durum reached 35% in the total imported volume. Moreover, Turkey doubled the export of the product to the EU – to 42 thsd tonnes. At the same time, more than 50% of total volume of durum wheat the EU imported from Canada (1.1 mln tonnes), up 74% compared to 2018/19 MY.
More detailed information about the global and European markets of durum wheat as well as the prospects of trade in the new season will be presented at the online conference DURUM WHEAT: TRENDY NICHE OF 2020.
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