[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]LEWISTON, ID — News out of the Port of Lewiston now. Today, Idaho wheat growers hosted four executives from major wheat purchasing and flour producing companies in Chile.
They were part of a trade team sponsored by U.S. Wheat Associates and the Idaho Wheat Commission. The team was here to learn more about the U.S. wheat imports.
Port officials said a lot of our region’s wheat is shipped out along the Columbia Snake River system to Portland. From there, wheat is exported to international destinations.
Chile imports an average of 850,000 metric tons of wheat each year. In 2016, the United State was the top supplier of wheat to Chile.
“River port, it’s very interesting to know about a river port, because you always visit ports in the ocean,” said Juan Enrique Ojeda, Chilean Wheat Trade Mission. “It’s a different way to get it to the ocean ports.”
Last week, the Idaho Wheat Commission hosted a wheat purchasing team from Taiwan.
Three other international teams are scheduled to visit this summer.
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