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Russian Export Ban Could Lead to a Shortage on the Global Buckwheat Market

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Russian Export Ban Could Lead to a Shortage on the Global Buckwheat Market

IndexBox has just published a new report: ‘World – Buckwheat – Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights’. Here is a summary of the report’s key findings.

In the immediate term, the global buckwheat market may face a shortage due to an export ban introduced in Russia. The country, being the largest producer and exporter of buckwheat, restricted exporting unprocessed buckwheat, coarsely ground buckwheat groats, and crushed buckwheat grain from June 5, 2021, to August 31. Russia took this step to preserve the volumes of the buckwheat grain for its domestic consumption and prevent a spike in prices inside the country. China, Latvia and Ukraine featured the most prominent increases in imports from Russia in 2021. 

Global Buckwheat Imports

In 2020, overseas purchases of buckwheat decreased by -4.4% to 174K tonnes, falling for the second year in a row after two years of growth. In general, total imports indicated notable growth from 2012 to 2020: its volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.5% over the last eight years. In value terms, buckwheat imports skyrocketed to $112M in 2020.

In 2020, Ukraine (32K tonnes) and Japan (32K tonnes) represented the largest importers of buckwheat in the world, together recording approx. 37% of total imports.

In value terms, Japan ($23M), Ukraine ($15M) and Italy ($8.4M) were the countries with the highest levels of imports in 2020, together accounting for 41% of global imports.

In 2020, the average buckwheat import price amounted to $640 per tonne, growing by 23% against the previous year. There were significant differences in the average prices amongst the major importing countries. In 2020, the country with the highest price was the U.S. ($929 per tonne), while Lithuania ($309 per tonne) was amongst the lowest.

Buckwheat Exports from Russia

In 2020, shipments abroad of buckwheat decreased by -8.1% to 59K tonnes, falling for the second consecutive year after two years of growth. In value terms, buckwheat exports surged to $29M in 2020.

Ukraine (16K tonnes), Latvia (12K tonnes) and China (6.8K tonnes) were the main destinations of buckwheat exports from Russia, together comprising 58% of total exports.

In value terms, Latvia ($6.9M), Ukraine ($6.3M) and Japan ($3.7M) appeared to be the largest markets for buckwheat exported from Russia worldwide, with a combined 59% share of total exports.

The average buckwheat export price stood at $489 per tonne in 2020, picking up by 67% against the previous year.

Source: IndexBox Platform