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Britain's wheat imports slow in January

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) - Britain's wheat imports slowed in January but are still running at more than double last season's pace, customs data showed on Friday.

Wheat imports for the month totalled 103,197 tonnes, down from 332,847 tonnes in December.

A slowdown had been expected following the expiration of a transitional trade agreement between Britain and the European Union at the end of 2020.

Shipments in the early part of the season had been boosted by uncertainty about trade arrangements after the agreement expired which led some buyers to front-load purchases.

Germany was the largest supplier in January, shipping 34,861 tonnes, followed by Denmark with 23,061 tonnes.

Cumulative imports since the start of the 2020/21 season, which started last July 1, totalled 1.54 million tonnes, up from 616,561 tonnes in the same period a year earlier.

For the season to date, Germany is the largest supplier to Britain with shipments of 445,705 tonnes.

Imports are expected to climb this season after the nation's wheat harvest totalled just 9.66 million tonnes last summer, a drop of 40.5% from the previous year.

Wheat exports during January totalled 2,245 tonnes.

Cumulative exports for the season to date stood at 118,958 tonnes, far below the 891,694 tonnes exported in the same period a year earlier. (Reporting by Nigel Hunt; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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