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China customs to allow barley imports from Russia

BEIJING, Aug 1 (Reuters) - China has approved barley imports from Russia, the General Administration of Customs said in a statement on its website on Thursday.

Barley exported to China must be produced in seven regions in Russia, including Novosibirsk and Kurgan, which are considered to be free of the fungal disease dwarf bunt that can infect winter wheat and barley crops, said the statement, dated July 29.

The grains should also be for crushing only, not used as seeds, the statement said.

The decision follows China's approval of soybean imports from all parts of Russia and wheat imports from a seventh region in the federation.

(Reporting by Hallie Gu and Tom Daly; editing by Christian Schmollinger)