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With additional waiver of tariff, Chinese buyers return to market for US soyabeans

Bloomberg October 23 | Updated on October 23, 2019

Soyabean processors in China have been granted permission to buy another 10 million tonnes of US supplies without retaliatory duties   -  Rouzes

Crushers in China received 10 million tonnes of tariff waivers

Chinese buyers are back in the market for American soyabeans after crushers in the Asian nation were granted a new round of tariff waivers, according to people familiar with the matter.

Soyabean processors in China were granted permission to buy another 10 million tonnes of US supplies without retaliatory duties, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

This would be a third round of waivers, with about 5 million tonnes granted previously. Chinese buyers have bought at least three cargoes, or about 190,000 tonnes, as they seek supplies for late this year and early next, the people said. The bids mark a return to the American market after Chinese buyers recently picked up cargoes in Brazil, where prices have been more attractive to Asian crushers already hurt by slower feed demand due to the spread of African swine fever.

Chicago soyabean futures traded at $9.51 a bushel on Wednesday after rising to $9.59 a day earlier, the highest intra-day level in a week. China’s Ministry of Commerce didn’t respond to a fax seeking comment.

Trump ‘wants more’

US President Donald Trump said China has indicated that negotiations over an initial trade deal are advancing, raising expectations that the two sides could sign an agreement at a meeting next month in Chile. A phase-one accord represents a pause in the 18-month trade war that has hurt the world’s largest economies.

“They have started the buying,” Trump said on Monday during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, referring to Chinese purchases of US agriculture products that the President has pushed for as part of a deal. “I want more.”

Waivers were issued to state-owned and private crushers as well as multinational processors based in China, the people said. While some traders remained optimistic about the sales, others pointed to lower prices in Brazil.

Lowest price

“China will buy where the cheapest price is,” said Joe Davis, a director at brokerage Futures International in Chicago. “They have plenty of time on the new tariff-free waivers so I would not expect it all at once in the US with the market at the highest levels since mid-June. These private buyers will wait to see if prices fall.”

Published on October 23, 2019

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