Egypt has lifted a ban on the import of Russian wheat

Egypt previously ceased to buy Russian wheat due to the presence of ergot, will resume the import. The journalists said the head of Ministry of industry and trade Denis Manturov, RIA “Novosti”.

“The Egyptian side has not imposed restrictions on Russian wheat, and in General, on the importation of wheat into the country with certain conditions phytosanitary control. And just yesterday, the Egyptian side made the decision on removal of such restrictions, so Russian wheat will be without limitations delivered to the Egyptian market”, — said Manturov.

The Minister suggested that the embargo, in turn, entered Russia for fruits and vegetables from Egypt, is unlikely to be long. “Egypt is a very disciplined way always takes all requirements. I think that there are no issues and delays in this part will not” — said Manturov (quoted by “Interfax”).

Minister of agriculture Alexander Tkachev, commenting on the lifting of the ban on Russian grain, said that this fact will have a positive impact on the market. “The resumption of grain deliveries to Egypt will have a positive impact on grain prices and the domestic market will revive export demand, as Egypt is one of the largest buyers of Russian grain”, — said the head of the Ministry of agriculture.

A ban on exports of Russian grain was introduced in August 2016. Then the Ministry of agriculture and land reclamation of Egypt has banned the import of wheat even with a minimum content of ergot — a fungus parasitic on some grasses and causing poisoning.

In turn, Russia from September 22 imposed a ban on delivery of fruits and vegetables from Egypt. The Rosselkhoznadzor explained the ban a violation of phytosanitary norms. At the same time, some experts were inclined to believe that the ban on the import of plant products from Arab Republic — response to the claims of Egypt to the quality of Russian wheat. “These statements — our answer to Chamberlain in response to a complaint to our wheat. Such coincidences do not happen” — said General Director of the Institute for agricultural market studies Dmitry Rylko.

As previously reported, on September 26 in Moscow will arrive the delegation of Egyptian experts to discuss with the leadership of Rosselkhoznadzor issues of bilateral cooperation. During the meeting, including plans to discuss issues related to the supply of produce from Egypt.

Russia in the 2015-2016 marketing year (ended June 31) exported abroad record harvest of 33.9 million tonnes of grain. As previously reported, in the 2016-2017 marketing year the grain exports could reach 40 million tons, including wheat — from 26 to 30 million tonnes.