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Thailand relaxes rules for wheat import

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Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce will allow feedmills that produce shrimp feed, a 110,000 metric tonnes exemption to the domestic corn purchase requirements for feed wheat imports, according to a USDA GAIN report.

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This request was made by the Thai Feed Mill Association in March 2017. Meanwhile, other animal feed production using imported feed wheat is still subject to the domestic corn absorption requirements.

USDA GAIN report’s forecast for total wheat imports remains unchanged at 3.6 million metric tonnes in marketing year 2016/17 and 3 million metric tonnes in marketing year 2017/18.

This is a 23% and 17% reduction in total wheat imports due to the government’s import restrictions on feed wheat as well as the substitution of rice for feed wheat in poultry and swine feed rations.

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