Turkey has significantly reduced its purchases of US DDGS, buying 301,771 tonnes so far in the current marketing year, a 23% fall compared to the September 2020-February 2021 period.

In February alone, Turkey’s DDGS imports from the US plunged 181% year-over-year to just 16,000 tonnes, according to statistics from the US Grains Council, based on official data. Turkey was the fourth-largest buyer of US DDGS in the 2020/2021 marketing year with almost 1 million tonnes of purchases.

Other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region also reduced their purchases. Since the start of the marketing year in September 2021, Egypt imported 78,178 tonnes of DDGS from the US, down 43% year-over-year, with a 105% fall in February.

US DDGS exports to Morocco have been relatively stable so far in the marketing year at 99,816 tonnes, climbing 5% compared to the year-earlier period, although they were down 57% year-over-year in February.

Israel, on the other hand, increased imports of US DDGS in both the six-month and one month periods. It bought 99,515 tonnes in September 2021-February 2022, up 42%, while in February purchases increased by a modest 1% to 25,012 tonnes.