News: Japan offers to buy 180,714 tonnes food wheat via tender

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    TOKYO, July 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Ministry of Agriculture is seeking to buy a total of 180,714 tonnes of food quality wheat from the United States, Canada and Australia in a regular tender that will close late on Thursday.

    Japan, the world's sixth-biggest wheat importer, keeps a tight grip on imports of the country's second most important staple after rice and buys the majority of the grain for milling via tenders typically issued three times a month.

    Details are as follows (in tonnes):

     COUNTRY		TYPE							 Quantity  
     U.S.		   Western White					14,570*  
    				Hard Red Winter (semi hard)	  18,390*  
    				Western White					14,730*  
    				Hard Red Winter (semi hard)	  10,190*  
    				Dark Northern Spring			   
    				(protein minimum 14.0%)		  33,150*  
     Canada		 Western Red Spring				 
    				(protein minimun 13.5%)		  24,914*  
    				Western Red Spring				 
    				(protein minimun 13.5%)		  36,120*  
     Australia	  Standard White (West Australia)  28,650**  

    Shipment * Loading between Aug 21 and Sep 20

    			  ** Loading between Nov 1 and Nov 30  
    	Source: Ministry of Agriculture  
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