ADDIS, ABABA, ETHIOPIA — After canceling a contract with a Pakistani company for 400,000 tonnes of wheat in late January, Ethiopia recently issued a re-tender for the same amount of milling wheat, according to a Feb. 28 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Bids for the tender are due March 13. The report said the contract with the Pakistani company was annulled because the $10 million performance guarantee was not provided.

The report said that like most Ethiopian wheat purchases in the past the contracted wheat likely will be sourced from the Black Sea region since it is generally the least expensive on the international market.

The wheat is intended for the government’s bread subsidy program, though a portion could be used to replenish some of the country’s strategic grain reserve, the report said.