Russia could lose status as a global leader in wheat export due to the deterioration of trade relations with Turkey (in March, the country abolished the duty-free import of Russian agricultural products). This was reported the Deputy head of the Ministry of agriculture Evgeny Gromyko during the meeting first Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov with the Japanese delegation, the correspondent of RBC.
“Of course we can this title to lose. Turkey was the second largest buyer (Russian wheat, — RBC). And the problem is not that we do not sell to the Turks, the problem is loss of time to find other markets,” said Gromyko. According to him, to search for other buyers of Russian grain needs time, and this fact will affect the outcome of the current export year.
However, exporters still “complain”, says the Deputy Minister. “That won’t sell in Dec sell in March-April, the mood is good at exporting. Complaining about the price, but the prices everywhere in the world storm. The price is still worthy, so I can’t complain,” said Gromyko.
In addition, in his opinion, Russia can increase supplies of other crops, in particular in the markets of the EEU, CIS and Iran. “We don’t care who to sell, how much it is important for us” — summed up Andrei Gromyko.
By the end of 2016 for the first time Russia became the world leader in wheat exports: the country has shipped abroad 25 million tons of wheat, which is 14 per cent higher than in 2015. The USA is exported in 2016, approximately 24 million tons of wheat, Canada, and Australia — 20 million tons, France and Ukraine — 18 million tons, reported the Russian export centre (REC).
Turkey March 15 suspended the issuance of licenses for duty-free delivery of certain products from Russia, actually introducing them to defensive measures. In particular, import duties for wheat and corn at present is 130%. The country is second after Egypt buyer of Russian wheat. So, for July 2016 — February 2017 Turkey has bought nearly 2 million tons of Russian wheat. The imposition of duties on the part of Turkey the Minister of agriculture of Russia Alexander Tkachev called the “stab in the back”.