MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Russian flour exports in July-September 2017-18 were down 21% year-over-year at 35,700 tonnes. Moreover, this is the smallest volume since market year 2014-15, according to a forecast issued on Nov. 19 by UkrAgroConsult.

According to preliminary information, Russia exported 14,200 tonnes of flour in September 2018-19, or 73% more than in August, but 1.2% less than in September 2017-18.

The report noted that traditionally, China is still a major buyer of Russian flour. However, shipments to the country dropped to 13,100 tonnes in the period under review against 30,200 tonnes at the same time last year. Hong Kong imported more than 9,900 tonnes of flour in July-September 2017-18 against 4,600 tonnes in the whole of market year 2016-17. Georgia entered the top three importers of this season as the country stepped up imports of Russian flour to 3,200 tonnes against 2,400 tonnes in July-September 2017-18.