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As global demand for wheat continues to rise, the world increasingly has turned to the Black Sea region to fulfill those needs. In 2011-12, wheat produced in the Black Sea region accounted for more than 20 percent of the global wheat export market. By 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) projects that number could increase to as much as 29 percent of the market.
The region's resurgence as a major player in the world wheat trade – along with recent price volatility from regional drought in 2010, highly variable yields and other factors affecting crop production – has underscored a need that has been underserved by existing wheat contracts: A truly representative pricing tool tied to the Black Sea wheat cash market.
To address this need, CME Group is introducing CBOT Black Sea Wheat futures. Whether you're buying, selling, producing or processing Black Sea wheat, for the first time these contracts will provide an easy and efficient tool for price discovery and price risk management in the region.