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London — Russian wheat exports in the 2017-18 marketing year -- which began July 1 --to November 29, were up 28.2% year on year at 16.93 million mt, ministry ofagriculture data showed Monday.

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Export volumes have been picking up as harvesting was 97.5% completed, with 88million mt of wheat harvested by December 1, the ministry said.

Between the start of the marketing year on July 1 and December 1, the totalgrains harvest reached 139.3 million mt, u 15 million mt year on year.

Russian exporters have also shipped 1.74 million mt of corn in the currentmarketing year, down 4.4% after a late start to the harvesting campaign andunfavorable weather conditions. Barley exports were at 3 million mt, 80.7%higher.

The main importers of Russian grains in November were Turkey with 786,000 mt,Egypt with 377,000 mt, Saudi Arabia with 293,000 mt, Sudan with 288,000 mt andBangladesh with 265,000 mt.

--Sofia Likhacheva, sofia.likhacheva@spglobal.com

--Edited by Dan Lalor, daniel.lalor@spglobal.com