24 Nov 2022 11:23

Russia boosts exports of processed grain products by 70% in 2022 - Rosselkhoznadzor

MOSCOW. Nov 24 (Interfax) - Russia exported 1.2 million tonnes of processed grain products in the period from January 1 to November 20, 2022, 70% more than a year earlier, Rosselkhoznadzor reported after the deputy head of the plant and animal health watchdog, Anton Karmazin held a meeting with grain exporters.

The growth was primarily driven by a fourfold increase in wheat flour exports, to 672,000 tonnes. Exports of groats jumped 42% to 150,000 tonnes, Rosselkhoznadzor said.

Russia exports grain products to 126 countries. The main markets for Russian grain are countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

"Rosselkhoznadzor is continuing to work with the authorities of importing countries on increasing the volume of Russian grain exports, expanding markets and easing importing countries' requirements for imported grain," the watchdog said.

"Considering grain market participants' interest in increasing exports to Saudi Arabia, work is underway on securing the Saudi side's agreement to the possibility of shipping Russian wheat with 0.75% corn bug damage," Rosselkhoznadzor said.

After securing China's agreement this year to shipments of Russian spring wheat and barley from the whole country, Rosselkhoznadzor is focusing its efforts on opening the Chinese market to winter wheat and barley, as well as securing permission for exports of corn, rice and rapeseed from all Russian regions. It is also working on gaining access to the Chinese market for rye flour, cream of wheat and wheat groats.

In addition, Russia resumed exporting wheat to Vietnam following negotiations.

Karmazin told exporters that it is necessary to tighten incoming production control when putting together export shipments of grain and process (clean) it taking into account the phytosanitary quarantine situation in the place it was grown and the requirements of importing countries.