UPDATE 1-Iraq buys 80,000 T rice from Thailand in tender-trade

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HAMBURG, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Iraq's state grains board on

Thursday purchased 80,000 tonnes of rice to be sourced from

Thailand in a tender for 30,000 tonnes, European traders said.

Volumes in Iraq's grain tenders are regarded as nominal and

the country frequently buys much more than it tenders for.

Price was said to be $568 c&f a tonne liner out, which

includes extra provisions for the cost of ship unloading.

The tender had closed on Dec. 23, and offers had to remain

valid until Dec. 27. Iraq had sought rice from the United

States, Uruguay, Thailand and Argentina.

In its last rice tender reported on Dec. 13, Iraq purchased

85,000 tonnes also sourced from Thailand at $573 a tonne c&f.

(Reporting by Michael Hogan; editing by James Jukwey)

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