UPDATE 2-Russia to make grain export quota mechanism permanent -TASS
* Russia's 2020/21 exports seen at 35 mln of wheat - ministry
* Part of future grain export quota may be individual
* Semi-complete customs documents may be restricted for quota (Adds details on future grain export quota mechanism)
MOSCOW, July 6 (Reuters) - Russia aims to use permanently the grain export quota mechanism it introduced in April-June in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TASS news agency reported, citing agriculture minister Dmitry Patrushev.
Russia, the world's biggest wheat exporter, has said that its grain exports will not be subject to any quotas from July to December, but quotas are possible from January to June next year to secure enough domestic supply.
The first half of the 2020/21 season - July-December - is still expected to be quota free, Patrushev said in an interview with TASS.
"We want the quota mechanism to become permanent... We plan to define the quota's parameters together with market participants after receiving final data on the new season's harvest - presumably in October," he added.
The ministry expects Russia to export 45 million tonnes of grain, including 35 million tonnes of wheat, in the 2020/21 marketing season that started on July 1, TASS added. It sees the 2020 grain crop at 122.5 million tonnes, including 75 million tonnes of wheat.
Patrushev said part of the future quota could be allocated to individual traders based on their results for July-December.
The ministry is also considering restricting the use of semi-complete customs declarations for the quota.
Their use depleted the April-June quota in late April as some traders rushed to secure their May-June supplies and others did not obtain their quotas.
The joint work of the ministry and exporters resolved the situation, TASS reported, citing Patrushev. It did not provide details.
The ministry has no plans to replenish its almost-depleted state stockpile this season as it is considering the creation of a new type of a "stabilisation grain fund," TASS added. (Reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Louise Heavens, Jason Neely and Barbara Lewis)
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