The Ukrainian government won’t limit wheat exports for the time being as there’s not a critical shortage of the cereal, said Ivan Bisyuk, first deputy agriculture minister.
“Nobody was preparing an order to ban wheat exports,” Bisyuk told journalists today after the weekly cabinet meeting. “We do not see any critical situation with milling wheat.”
Drought may cut the combined wheat harvests in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan by 37 percent this year, helping send global stockpiles to a four-year low, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. Ukraine exported 4 million metric tons of wheat in the current season which started July 1 and 5.4 million tons have been contracted, according to the Ukrainian Agriculture Ministry. Deliveries near 5.4 million tons would threaten to exhaust the nation’s exportable surplus, Bisyuk said on Oct. 19.
The ministry said today that it expects wheat exports to slow down next month and to be replaced by corn. Ukraine ranked eighth among world wheat exporters last season and was the fourth-biggest shipper of corn, USDA data show. The country was the largest supplier of both grains to the European Union last year, according to data from the bloc.
Ukraine doesn’t plan to introduce any export quotas, according to a statement today on the government’s website, which cites First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovskyi.