Iraq's state grains board has issued an international tender to buy at least 50,000 tons of wheat which can be sourced from any origin, European traders said. The closing date for the tender is July 23 and offers must be valid until July 26.
Iraq is one of the world's largest importers of wheat, much of which goes to supply a massive national food ration programme. Iraq made no purchase it its previous tender for at least 50,000 tons of wheat which closed on July 1 with offers having to stay valid until July 5.
Traders said they had expected a new tender to be issued by Iraq.
Global grain prices have risen sharply in past weeks largely because of concern about the worst drought in almost a quarter of a century in the US Midwest grain belt.