BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — Argentina is looking to export up to 2 million tonnes of wheat per year to Vietnam after the Asian country suspended wheat shipments from Russia due to the presence of thistle seed, Argentina’s export chamber told Reuters on Oct. 30.
The chamber, which represents companies such as Bunge and Cargill, told Reuters Argentina has been talking with Vietnam about increasing its wheat shipments from the current 800,000 tonnes.
“Vietnam has recognized that Argentina can be certified free of these pests, which brought Russian wheat into question,” said Gustavo Idigoras, head of CIARA-CEC, Argentina’s agro-industrial export chamber.
In mid-October, Vietnam asked Russia to suspend the issuance of wheat export certificates because it found thistle seed in Russian wheat shipments.
Argentina, perennially a top-10 wheat producer and exporter, is forecast to harvest 20.5 million tonnes of wheat in 2019-20, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and export 14.5 million tonnes.
The USDA projects that Vietnam, which is not a wheat producer, will import 3.7 million tonnes of wheat in 2019-20.