According to regional divisions of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor), since the beginning of the season-2018/19 (July 1) and as of April 9, Russia already imported 2.8 mln tonnes of grains and oilseeds, as well as its by-products, which completely agreed with the same period last season, reported the Federal State-Funded Institution "Federal Centre of Quality and Safety Assurance for Grain and Grain products" on April 16.
At the same time, in the current season the imports of grains and pulses decreased by 7% compared with the last year level — to 548 thsd tonnes, against 588 thsd tonnes.
In the current season, the supplies of 10 major agricultural crops formed the leading share of the reporting import volumes (93%), and as of the reporting date the figures reached 2.6 mln tonnes. Soybeans still remained the most high-demand crop on the Russian market in 2018/19 MY, which purchases totaled 1.7 mln tonnes (59% of the general imports), up 1% compared with the same period last season. Wheat took the second position in the rating (15%) — 422 thsd tonnes. Kazakhstan became the main supplier of the grain (420 thsd tonnes).
Also, Russia increased the imports of rapeseed in 5 times compared with the last year level — to 54 thsd tonnes, as well as peas — up 9 times, to 33 thsd tonnes, due to the growth of the supplies from Kazakhstan.
At the same time, the number of suppliers of the reporting crops to Russia totaled 70 countries, as opposed to 71 in the same period last season. To date, the TOP-3 of leading suppliers included Brazil — 945 thsd tonnes (34% of the general volumes), Kazakhstan — 641 thsd tonnes (24%), and Paraguay — 612 thsd tonnes (22%).