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Southeast Europe Regional Analysis

Milling Wheat Domestic prices in Russia were up $2-5/MT last week and are now $15-23/MT (1,000-5,000 rubles/MT) higher versus early August. Exports from there already total approximately 16 MMT since the start of the campaign and will reach 20 MMT by mid-November at the current pace. The government is certainly closely monitoring both that and the domestic price development, and it is ready to take the measures necessary to prevent excessive exports versus the available surplus. The average estimate of that surplus by major analysts is 30 MMT. The EU has exported 5 MMT so far this season, down 23 percent from 6.6 MMT at the same time last year. Syria bought 200 KMT of Russian wheat at $255/MT. Algeria, which usually buys 300-400 KMT in...

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