Romania lifts export restrictions for wheat, interior minister announces

Romania has lifted exports restrictions for wheat, grains, oilseeds and related products to markets outside of the European Union, the interior minister said.

Marcel Vela said late Thursday that officials had made  “ an assessment…  there are supplies for domestic consumption (and) all restrictions under the Decree No. 8 are now lifted.”

Under the April 10 ban, deliveries were able to continue within the EU as long as trading partners guarantee that the commodities will be consumed within the bloc and not re-exported.

The government made the decision due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and growing concerns about the winter crop’s impact from drought.

Romania is the second-biggest wheat shipper in the EU and a major cereals exporter to the Middle East, with Egypt a key market.  It also sells to Jordan and South Korea.

Under the previous ordinance, exports of wheat, barley, oats, corn, rice, wheat flour, soybeans, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, sugar, bakery products, soybean meal, and other oilcakes were suspended under the state of emergency which will last until at least May 15.

Romania’s winter crops are threatened by drought conditions. This winter was mild, but there was little rain and snow, following a dry summer and fall.

Romania usually exports a large percentage of its grain and oilseed crops.

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