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Egyptian corn storage program could increase U.S. corn exports

Posted: November 1, 2022
Category: ICMC, Indiana Corn and Soybean Post - Holiday 2021, ISA, News

What happens when a country stops purchasing U.S. corn due to concerns about long-term storage of it in hot, humid environments? In Egypt, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has stepped in to help, working with Dr. Klein Ileleji from Purdue University to conduct a corn storage program to improve conditions and the overall storability of U.S. corn there.

For the next year, the Council will gather data from a warehouse owned by the largest corn importer in Egypt, where Council-sponsored aeration equipment has been installed. The data collected will be compared to a warehouse that does not use the equipment to show the economic and grain quality benefits of using these mechanisms in storage facilities.

Dr. Kyle Gilliam, USGC manager of global strategies and trade, recently visited Damietta, Egypt, to assist in the storage project. Gilliam worked closely with the Egyptian importer while there.

Aeration equipment that uses standalone pedestals in flat warehouses was installed in one of the 24 storage facilities. The Egyptian government only allows flat storage at the port, making this style of equipment – purchased with a grant from a Council member – a necessity.

U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff recently visited Egypt where a corn storage program is taking place. Using USGC-sponsored aeration equipment, the goal of the program is to improve storage conditions and overall storability of U.S. corn in hot climates. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Klein Ileleji of Purdue University; Dr. Kyle Gilliam, USGC manager of global strategies and trade; Reece Cannady, USGC manager of global trade; USGC’s Middle East and Africa Regional Director, Ramy H. Taieb; and an employee of the Egyptian importer.

“Egypt is a 10 million metric ton (MMT) per year import market,” Gilliam said. “With this program and the continued relationship with the grains importing leader, combined with the Council’s industrial starch program highlighting the superior performance of U.S. corn in wet milling, we were able to see four vessels of U.S. corn traded into Egypt this year (approximately a $60 million investment). The hope with this program is to show the Egyptians how they can properly store U.S. corn and anchor at least 1 MMT of exports to Egypt annually.”

Complimentary to the storage project, the Council also worked in Egypt to conduct a starch program that focused on how industrial wet millers can see an increased profit from using U.S. corn over that of other origins.

The corn storage effort will continue for the next year in Egypt as the Council gathers data. Additionally, the Council plans to roll out this program in other countries and companies around the world where storage conditions negatively impact their image of U.S. corn.

On the far right, Dr. Klein Ileleji oversees a test run of a few of the fans before they are placed on top of the pedestals.

Corn sales to Egypt increased by 830 percent in the 2020- 21 marketing year for a total of 451,500 metric tons, or 17.7 million bushels. Egypt is the second-largest market for U.S. corn in the Middle East region.

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