Wheat Tax Would not stopped Imports to Southern India, said Millers.

Flour millers in South India will continue importing wheat from Australia and the Black Sea region even with the 10% duty imposed this week as its cheaper than locally grown supplies. Imports may reach as much as 2 million tonnes in 2017-18 with 80 to 85% likely coming from Australia and the remainder from the Black Sea. Importers will initially try to sell 250,000 tonnes to 300,000 tonnes of wheat stored near Tuticorin Port in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. India is seeking to rebuild stockpiles that plunged 44% in March from a year earlier to 9.43 million tonnes. India has been purchasing high-protein grain from Australia, Russia and Ukraine.