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Britain makes rare North American soft wheat purchase

Acargo of 20,000 to 25,000 tonnes of North American soft wheat will be shipped to Britain shortly with a poor-quality domestic harvest forcing millers to look to imports, trade sources said Feb. 6.

Britain’s wheat imports this year have been running at their fastest pace for nearly 20 years after the harvest was hurt by high disease levels due to extremely wet conditions.

England had its wettest year on record in 2012.

The soft wheat purchase is very unusual although millers in Britain regularly buy high-quality North American hard wheat, usually from Canada.

The sources said the soft wheat could be of either U.S. or Canadian origin. The wheat may be shipped in March but is likely to be used towards the end of the season when supplies are expected to become tight.

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