In 11 months of 2019-2020 MY, Kazakhstan exported 1.36 million tons of wheat flour, down by 26% (0.5 million tons) YoY and by 39% (0.9 million tons) compared to 11 months of 2017-2018 MY.
The main reason of export decline was lower demand from the key importers. Thus, in July-May of 2019-2020 MY, Uzbekistan was the leading importer of Kazakh wheat flour, which bought about 0.8 million tons, down by 32% YoY. Afghanistan took the second place among the leading importers – 0.3 million tons, down by 32%. At the same time, Tajikistan nearly doubled the import of Kazakh flour (0.1 million tons), however, this fact did not have a positive influence on the overall dynamics.
Except fro the long-standing trend of decrease of the import of Kazakh flour by Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, the quotas for flour export from Kazakhstan acted in April and May also negatively influenced the dynamics of shipments.
Kazakhstan will export 1.47 million tons of flour in 2019-2020 MY and will further decrease the shipments to nearly 1.2 million tons in 2020-2021 MY. (APK-Inform/Business World Magazine)