U.S. grain exports seen reaching highest in five years

June 19 (Bloomberg) -- Combined U.S. exports of wheat, coarse grains and soybeans are poised to reach the highest level since 2007 in the fourth quarter after ample harvests, said Simpson, Spence & Young Ltd.

Shipments will come to 42.6 million metric tons, the London-based shipbroker said in a report e-mailed today. Bumper crops of corn and wheat will lift exports by 12 percent from the prior period to 131.2 million tons for the 2012-13 marketing year through next June, it said. That would still fall short of the 134.5 million tons shipped in 2010-11, the report showed.

The predicted exports for the calendar year’s final three months would be this century’s second-largest after the 44.1 million tons shipped in 2007’s final quarter, according to SSY.

Imports of coarse grains and wheat by Japan will rise 1.3 percent to 24.9 million tons for 2012-13, boosting so-called ton-mile demand for dry-bulk ships that carry the products from the U.S., SSY said. Ton-mile demand is calculated by multiplying cargo size and voyage length.

Coarse grains include barley and sorghum as well as corn.

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