Britain’s wheat imports slow during October

Britain’s wheat imports slowed during October but are still running at more than double last season’s pace, customs data showed Dec. 11.

Wheat imports for the month totalled 174,914 tonnes, down from 337,212 tonnes in September.

Germany was the largest supplier in October, shipping 71,277 tonnes, followed by Denmark with 65,862 tonnes.

Cumulative imports since the start of the 2020-21 season, which started on July 1, totalled 883,801 tonnes, up from 377,501 tonnes in the same period a year earlier.

For the season to date, Canada is the largest supplier to Britain with shipments of 206,004 tonnes.

Wheat imports are expected to climb this year following a poor crop. Traders also expect some buyers to seek to bring in supplies before the end of the year because of uncertainty over future trading terms with the European Union.

The transitional trade agreement between Britain and the EU expires at the end of 2020.

Wheat exports during October totalled 9,038 tonnes.

Cumulative exports for the season to date stood at 67,107 tonnes, far below the 673,840 tonnes exported in the same period a year earlier.

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