U.K. Wheat Exports in February Were Record Low, AHDB Says

U.K. wheat exports in February tumbled to 17,800 metric tons, the lowest monthly total on record, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said.

Imports of wheat were 256,000 tons during the month, bringing total purchases this marketing year to 1.86 million tons, more than triple the amount at the same time last year, AHDB’s grain unit the Home-Grown Cereals Authority said in an online statement today, citing customs data. Millers, starch producers and ethanol makers used more than 520,000 tons of imported wheat in February, the most on records dating to the 1991-92 season, AHDB said.

The U.K. may be a net-importer of wheat this season for the first time in 11 years, Kenilworth, England-based AHDB has said, after the second-wettest year on record in 2012 slashed the domestic harvest. Exports since the marketing year began July 1 plunged to 547,961 tons, compared with shipments of almost 2.1 million tons at the same time last year, according to today’s report.

Germany was the biggest supplier of wheat to the U.K. in February, with shipments totaling 102,270 tons, followed by France and Denmark, AHDB said.

U.K. barley exports in February totaled 22,576 tons, against imports of 23,560 tons, AHDB said. Exports of rapeseed during the month were 41,807 tons, up 45 percent from a month earlier. Purchases of the oilseed totaled 825 tons.

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