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Syria issues tender to buy 100,000 T wheat

  • A Syrian woman carries a sack of food as she walks past Free Syria Army fighters patroling a street in the Old City of Aleppo, September 16, 2012. (AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI)

HAMBURG: Syria's state grains agency has issued a tender to purchase and import 100,000 tons of soft wheat of bread-making quality, European traders said Monday.

Bidding deadline is Oct. 1, origin was optional.

Shipment was sought within two months from the opening of a letter of credit on the purchase.

The tender was issued by the Syrian state agency General Establishment for Cereal Processing and Trade, which sought offers in euros.

The United Nations says Syria is facing food shortages as tens of thousands of families leave their homes due to heavy fighting in the country and with the harvest neglected during the conflict.

Wheat is excluded from the Western sanctions imposed on Syria because of the government's attempts to suppress the uprising.

But traders say difficulties in financing purchases have frozen Syria out of the international grains market and led to a series of small wheat deals over the past few months, often arranged by dealers in the Middle East and Asia.

Syria had on Sept. 13 bought 50,000 tons of wheat in a tender seeking 100,000 tons amid a reluctance of foreign banks, shipowners and grain traders to sell and transport grain to the country.

 
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