TOKYO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture bought a total of 139,382 tonnes of food-quality wheat from the United States, Canada and Australia in a regular tender that closed late on Thursday.
Japan, the world's sixth-biggest wheat importer, keeps a tight grip on the country's second-most important staple after rice, and buys majority of the grain for milling via tenders typically issued thrice a month.
Details are as follows (in tonnes):COUNTRY TYPE Quantity U.S. Western White 17,560* Hard Red Winter (semi hard) 14,125* Dark Northern Spring 23,960** (protein minimum 14.0 pct) Canada Western Red Spring 25,320* (protein minimum 13.5 pct) Western Red Spring 24,822** (protein minimum 13.5 pct) Australia Standard WhiteWest Australia) 33,595***
Shipment * Arriving by Dec. 31** Loading between Oct. 21 and Nov. 20 *** Loading between Nov. 1 and Nov.30 Source: Ministry of Agriculture
Japan buys 139,382 tonnes of food wheat via tender
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