Italy grain imports fall on fewer wheat, corn purchases

First nine months of 2012 down over 2011 numbers

Italian grain imports fell in the first nine months of 2012 due to a drop in domestic wheat and corn purchases, according to the Associazione Nazionale Cerealisti.

Soft-wheat imports fell to 3.24 million tons costing €765.2 million from January through September, from 4.07 million tons and €995.2 million in 2011. Buying of durum wheat declined to 1.09 million tons worth €331.7 million, compared with 1.65 million tons and €457.9 million in 2011’s first nine months. 

Nine-month corn imports dropped to 1.43 million tons from 1.97 million tons, and the value fell to €332.2 million from €466.4 million, according to data.