Turkey’s imports of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) have been on a rising trend in recent years, reaching almost 1.79 million tonnes, worth USD 337 million, in 2017, according to an article by the local Chamber of Agricultural Engineers (ZMO).
In 2016 imports amounted to 1 million tonnes.
The country mainly imports the product from the US, which last year accounted for 82% of imports, followed by Bulgaria with 4.5% and Russia with 3.6%. In the first six months of 2018, Turkey bought 572,440 tonnes of DDGS, valued at USD 132 million. The main source was again the US with a share of about 78%, followed by Hungary (5.8%), Russia (5.2%) and Bulgaria (4.8%).
According to the US Grains Council, Turkey was the second largest buyer of US DDGS in the 2016/2017 marketing year with 1.36 million tonnes of imports, up significantly from the prior marketing year. The organisation last year stepped up efforts to find alternative markets for US DDGS exports due to trade barriers to the Chinese market.
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Turkey’s DDGS imports on the rise