The latter half of MY 2017/18 witnesses a gradual slowdown in barley exports from Kazakhstan. So, 131.8 KMT was shipped abroad in April, or 17% less than in March. However, this is more than four times as much as in April 2017 and the largest volume of April’s exports since MY 2000/2001.
In total, Kazakhstan exported 1.21 MMT of barley in MY 2017/18 (September – April), or 74% more than in the whole of MY 2016/17.
The top buyers of Kazakh barley include Iran, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. During the reporting months, Iran boosted purchases to 1.16 MMT that is already 86% more than in the whole of MY 2016/17. Shipments to other markets were comparable to those of the same period last season.
Kazakh barley was supplied to the EU market quite actively this season (11 KMT in the period under review). Just minor single shipments were made to this destination before.
Palm oil imports to Russia totaled 77.2 KMT in May 2018, or 13.2% more than in the previous month and up 29.3% from May 2017.
The Ukrainian rapeseed market has entered the new 2018/19 marketing year. Have all the expectations of 2017/18 come true? Running ahead of the story, it is safe to say that the past season was generally successful.