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Russian Traders Consider First Wheat Sales to Cuba, Group Says
- Cuban state buyer Alimport sent delegation to Moscow in June
- Potential sales to Cuba may replace some French supplies
By Anatoly Medetsky
(Bloomberg) -- Russia may make its first wheat sales to Cuba after four traders expressed interest in exports to the Latin American country, according to an industry group. Russia may export 100,000 metric tons of wheat to Cuba next year, said Oleg Malofeyev, head of external relations at the Russian Grain Union. The lobby group is helping members to negotiate deals with Alimport, the Cuban state buyer, he said. Alimport representatives visited Moscow in June for talks about purchases, Malofeyev said. Cuba imports all its wheat, buying from the European Union and Canada, lobby group Kansas Wheat said last year. The country is seeking lower prices and Russia may replace some supplies from France, which now is one of the main shippers to the Caribbean nation, according to Grain Union PresidentArkady Zlochevsky.
“We laid out the opportunity in letters to our members,’’ Malofeyev said. “Four companies expressed consent’’ last month to consider a deal, he said, declining to identify them.
The supplies would be the first sale of Russian wheat to Cuba, according to the grain union. The only previous shipments totaling 100,000 tons took place in 2009 and 2010 and were humanitarian aid, Malofeyev said. Russia is collecting a record wheat harvest this year and is set to be the top exporter of the grain.
Cuba imported 850,000 tons of wheat in the 2016-17 season ended in June, data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show. Alimport will make purchases only if it can defer payment for at least 365 days, Zlochevsky said. Alimport didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.
The U.S. supplied as much as 70 percent of Cuban wheat imports from 2002 to 2010, according to Kansas Wheat. Supplies, possible as one of several exceptions in the U.S. embargo, stopped because a lack of available credit in the U.S. meant that purchases had to be paid for with cash, while competing countries didn’t have the same problem, the group said.