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World Cup Fans May Dent Russia's Record-Breaking Wheat Season

  • Rostov-on-Don handles about a quarter of outgoing cargoes
  • Government expected to limit vehicle and ship traffic
Russia Harvest As Russian Wheat Falls to Six-Year Low On Crop Outlook
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

The World Cup risks putting a dent into Russia’s best-ever season for wheat exports as an influx of soccer fans may slow shipments from one of the country’s major grains ports.

Rostov-on-Don will host five soccer games from June 17 to July 2, raising concerns that shipments will slow due to security measures and rerouting of road traffic. The Don River grain terminals, owned by commodity giants including Cargill Inc. and Bunge Ltd., handle about a quarter of Russia’s outgoing grain cargoes, according to shipping broker Glogos Project.