Wheat Export and Production Issues in Focus, as Black Sea Grain Deal Discussions Continue

Late last week, Bloomberg writers Aine Quinn and Megan Durisin reported that, “After a slow start to the season, Russia’s grain exports are booming as buyers load up on its attractive bumper supplies. “The country’s shipments of wheat — its main crop — almost doubled in January and February from a year earlier, Logistic OS data show.

Buyers shunned cargoes earlier in the season when prices weren’t as appealing, but are now returning as last year’s massive harvest helps Russian grain to rank among the cheapest globally.

“The recent boom shows shippers have overcome some of the financing and insurance problems fueled by sanctions on Russia.

The outlook for exports from the Black Sea is also coming into sharper focus as a deal allowing Ukrainian cargoes to sail through a safe corridor comes up for renewal in about two weeks. Supplies from both nations are helping to stop global food inflation worsening.”

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