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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Egypt to resume inspecting wheat shipments at ports of origin

Egypt will allow inspectors to resume travel to check wheat shipments at their ports of origin, for countries that are accepting flights from Cairo, Reuters reports, citing Ahmed Al Attar, the head of the Agriculture Ministry’s Agricultural Quarantine Authority. The authority suspended the travel of inspectors in March during the covid-19 outbreak, recalling its inspectors in Russia and Ukraine. It had resumed the practice of sending inspectors to exporting countries in December of last year, after halting it in 2017.

In related news, state grain buyer GASC said on Tuesday that it had bought 114k tons of Russian wheat in an international tender, for shipment from August 16 to 26, according to Reuters. The Supply Ministry ended its local wheat procurement season yesterday after reaching its target of 3.5 mn tonnes of wheat purchased from farmers, according to a statement.

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