The state Iraqi Grain Board issued a tender on Tuesday to purchase 100,000 tonnes of wheat from any origin, European traders said. Shipment dates were not given.
The bidding deadline was 23 April and offers must remain valid until 28 April. Wheat tender volumes from Iraq are nominal and the country frequently purchases more than sought.
In its last tender, reported on 27 March, Iraq purchased 200,000 tonnes of wheat from the United States and 100,000 tonnes from Australia after issuing a tender to buy 100,000 tonnes.
Iraq is one of the world's largest grain importers, supplying a large public food ration programme. The country consumes 4.5 million tonnes of wheat a year, the majority of it imported.
The country plans to import over 2.8 million tonnes of wheat in 2011, sharply up from 1.9 million tonnes in 2010.