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MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Russian wheat exports for the first nine months of the 2017-18 crop year were up 41% compared to the same period in the previous year, UkrAgroConsult reported on May 23.

From July 2017 through March 2018, 30.8 million tonnes of wheat was exported, which is 14% more than the total for all of 2016-17, the agency said.

In March alone, Russia exported 3.85 million tonnes, which was 32% higher than March 2017.

During the most recent nine-month period, Egypt, traditionally the biggest importer of Russian wheat, took in 4% more than it did for all of 2016-17 while Turkey, the second biggest importer, took in 63% more, UkrAgroConsult said.

The biggest increase in Russian wheat exports during the July-March period was to Indonesia, which imported 1.14 million tonnes compared with 344,000 tonnes in all of 2016-17, a threefold increase, it said.

UkrAgroConsult said preliminary figures show that in April and May Russian continued its record wheat export pace for 2017-18 with 36 million tonnes estimated to have been shipped through May 20.