G3 SitRep - New Russian Grain Export Quotas

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G3 SitRep - New Russian Grain Export Quotas

G3 Team

Thu February 15, 20246:51 PM EST

Last Updated: Thu February 15, 20247:58 PM EST

Russia has taken decisive steps in regulating its grain exports, with the introduction of a 24-million tonne export quota effective from February 15 to June 30, 2024. This quota, outlined in a government decree dated December 23, 2023, covers the export of wheat, meslin, rye, barley, and corn outside the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The quota distribution mechanism, divided into primary and supplementary parts, aims to ensure transparency and fair allocation among exporters. Notably, exporters are given the option to voluntarily waive a portion of their allocated quota, with waiver applications accepted from April 1 through April 20.

With the quota system in place, leading grain exporters, including Green Gates LLC, Reef Trade House, Aston, MZK Export LLC, and OZK Trading, have received significant allocations. However, the Agriculture Ministry has proposed an additional supplementary quota of 4 million tonnes, reflecting updated data on grain production, consumption, and exports. If approved, this supplementary quota will be distributed among companies that have already received a share in the main quota, further facilitating grain export activities.

The introduction of export quotas underscores Russia’s commitment to balancing domestic food security with global market demands. While aimed at ensuring stable grain supplies domestically, these measures also have implications for global grain markets, potentially influencing prices and trade dynamics. Analysts have generally welcomed these regulatory initiatives, recognizing the importance of transparent and predictable export policies in the grain sector. As Russia continues to refine its export regulations, close monitoring of market developments will be essential for stakeholders both domestically and internationally.

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