WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Egypt’s Administrative Court on Nov. 14 issued a preliminary ruling banning the import of Russia-origin wheat containing trace amounts of the ergot fungi, according to a Nov. 21 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to the filing, the ruling is not expected to go into effect until a final decision is made by a higher court.

“The government is studying the ruling and is expected to appeal the decision,” the USDA noted in the GAIN report. “FAS Cairo does not anticipate any near-term disruption to wheat imports as a result of this preliminary court ruling.”

Egypt’s recent fluctuations in wheat import policies led the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation’s (MALR) Central Administration for Plant Quarantine (CAPQ) earlier this month to release Directive No. 48 — regarding special and complementary regulations for the importation and release of wheat shipments imported from abroad.