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China barley imports strong again in 2015-16

China’s barley imports totaled 7.6 million tonnes in 2015-16 (July/June) according to China customs data, down slightly from the record 8.3 mln T in 2014-15 but still an enormous program reflecting significant imports of feed barley as well as strong malting barley imports.  France was the largest overall barley supplier at 3.2 mln T followed by Australia at 2.7 mln T and Canada at 947,560 T, constituting record barley imports from Canada into China last year.  Feed barley purchases and resulting imports have dropped off since the beginning of 2016 as demonstrated by lower monthly imports since the beginning of the year.  Between January and June barley imports into China totaled 2.2 mln T compared with 5.3 mln T in the first 6 months of the year.

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