In 2018/19 MY, Egypt remained the leader among all countries-importers of Russian grains, and for the first 11 months of the season Egypt purchased 7.557 mln tonnes of grains of Russian origin. At the same time, the figures lowered by 12.8% compared with the same period last season, declared the Head of the analytical center at Rusagrotrans JSC, Igor Pavensky.
In particular, in the reporting period wheat formed the whole volumes of grains supplied to Egypt — 7.54 mln tonnes, the expert said.
Turkey took the following position in the rating of importers, and also reduced grain purchases from Russia in the current season down 21.1% — to 5.563 mln tonnes (including almost 4.93 mln tonnes of wheat), as well as Iran, which increased the imports by 3.4% — to more than 2.51 mln tonnes. At the same time, in 2018/19 MY Iran mainly imported Russian corn (1.5 mln tonnes) and barley (927 thsd tonnes). Wheat imports to the country totaled 84 thsd tonnes only, I.Pavensky added.
Also, for the first 11 months of the season Bangladesh (1.656 mln tonnes) and Nigeria (1.427 mln tonnes) were in the TOP-5 of grain importers.
Also, it should be noted the growth of purchases of Russian grains in the current season by African countries. In particular, in July-May period Morocco imported 570 thsd tonnes of Russian grains (up 32.3%), Mozambique — 532 thsd tonnes (up 62.3%), Guinea — 182 thsd tonnes (up 3 times), and Côte d'Ivoire — 169 thsd tonnes (up 4.7 times).
In addition, I.Pavensky reported about rather significant increase of grain imports by the Philippines — to 922 thsd tonnes, against 370 thsd tonnes last season, Romania — to 169 thsd tonnes, against 20 thsd tonnes, as well as Germany — to 110 thsd tonnes, against 29 thsd tonnes.