Adds expected continuation of talks on Thursday in paragraph three

HAMBURG/PARIS, May 11 (Reuters)Algeria’s state grains agency OAIC has started buying optional-origin milling wheat in an international tender which closed on Wednesday with initial purchases reported around $466 a tonne c&f, European traders said in initial assessments.

Traders expected negotiations to continue on Thursday. Estimates of the initial purchase on Wednesday were around the relatively small volume of 180,000 tonnes to 300,000 tonnes, they said.

More detailed assessments of prices and tonnage bought are expected later.

The wheat was sought for shipment in two periods from the main supply regions including Europe: July 1-15 and July 16-31. If sourced from South America or Australia, shipment is one month earlier.

Algeria does not release results of its tenders and reports are based on trade estimates.

Algeria is a vital customer for wheat from the European Union, especially France.

(Reporting by Michael Hogan in Hamburg and Gus Trompiz in Paris, editing by Kirsten Donovan)

((michael.j.hogan@thomsonreuters.com; +49 172 671 36 54; Reuters Messaging: michael.hogan.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Source: Nasdaq

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