Jordan's wheat, barley imports unaffected by Red Sea tensions

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AMMAN — The official spokesperson of the Ministry of Industryand Trade Yanal Al-Barmawi affirmed that over 90 percent of Jordan's wheat and barley imports remain unaffected by the tensions in the Red Sea, Al-Ghad reported.اضافة اعلان

Barmawi stated to Alghad that "Most wheat and barley imports to Jordan come from the Black Sea countries and Romania, reaching the port of Aqaba through the Suez Canal, meaning they are far from the disruptions in the Red Sea region."

According to the latest figures from the ministry, the government's wheat stock in warehouses and contracted quantities is around 810,000 tonnes, covering the kingdom's consumption for nine months at a monthly consumption rate of 90,000 tonnes.

As the disruptions in the Red Sea region continued for the past three weeks, the Minister of Transport, Wesam Al-Tahtamouni, held a meeting on Sunday, at the headquarters of the Jordan Chamber of Industry, with representatives of the sector to discuss alternative shipping routes to both Europe and America. The Chamber emphasized that the meeting comes amid the ongoing disruption of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, resulting in increased transportation and insurance costs.

It is noteworthy that global shipping companies have altered their routes away from the Bab el Mandeb Strait, including the American shipping company Flexport, as well as Maersk, CMA CGM, and Hapag-Lloyd, according to international reports.

In addition, the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Supply recently launched a new tender to purchase 120,000 tonnes of wheat with the aim of "enhancing Jordan's stock to cover the longest period," according to a statement from the ministry.

The ministry invited interested traders to review the bids department at the ministry to obtain a copy of the tender invitation, including the conditions and specifications, against a non-refundable fee of 650 Jordanian Dinars, setting next Tuesday at noon as the deadline for accepting offers from traders wishing to participate in the tender, provided they bring copies of valid professional licenses and commercial registers certified within the last 30 days.

Before issuing the wheat and barley purchase tender, the ministry sets specifications and conditions that align with Jordanian standard specifications and technical standards. After the tender is issued, several traders submit bids, and based on prices and quality, the selection is made.

The government purchases wheat and sells it to mills to extract unified flour at a rate of 78 percent extraction and 22 percent bran extraction, with a set price for bran of JD140 per tonne delivered at the mill's door, excluding sales tax.

The ministry renewed its call to mills to submit lists containing quantities and types of flour produced, quantities of bran produced, and quantities of unified and zero flour delivered to bakeries and others by carriers or distributed through the mill, emphasizing to mills not to dispense any quantity of flour, bran, or semolina produced from the ministry's or imported wheat for their account or purchased from the local market without the knowledge of the mill's supervisor according to the regulations.

The Kingdom's monthly consumption rate of unified flour allocated for bread production is about 52,000 tonnes, equivalent to approximately 1750 tonnes per day.

Within the draft budget law for the next fiscal year, the government allocated JD288.5 million to support strategic food commodities, including wheat and barley.

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