Ukraine provides 15% of imports of the grain in the Middle East and North Africa
Traditionally the largest importers of grain crops are the regions of the Middle East and North Africa. It is there in season 2016/17 MG experts estimate that USDA will be exported approximately 103,9 million tons of wheat, barley and corn, which is 1% higher than the results of the previous season (102,4 million tons) and will be more than 31% of the total world exports of these crops (330,6 million tons).
Most purchases in the current MG, as previously, accounted for wheat, the import of which in middle Eastern and North African countries has increased over the previous season by 1% and amounted to 24.8 million tonnes and 28.1 million tons, respectively. In addition, countries in the Middle East increased imports of corn by 5% to 16 million tonnes and reduced the import of barley by 1% to 14.6 million metric tons of North African Countries increased imports of maize by 4% to 17.3 million tonnes and reduced the import of barley by 5% to 3.2 million tons.
One of the main suppliers of grain to these regions is Ukraine. At the end of 2014/15 in the direction it was exported 16.3 million ton three basic types of grain, which accounted for 16% of total imports in the region. In season 15/16 MG exports fell to 13.8 million tonnes, which was 14% of total imports of the region.
In 2016/17 season Ukraine already exported over 18 million tons of grain, and Russia – 17 million tons.