China (COFCO) Continues Purchasing U.S. Soybeans

China’s state-owned procurer Cofco Corp. bought another 1 million metric tons of the grain last week, just days after placing its previous orders, Bloomberg reports.

Last Saturday it announced that it had bought 2 million tons from US suppliers following the last set of trade talks in Washington. Since the two countries agreed to a 90-day truce period ending March 1, China has pledged to increase its purchases of US agricultural products, on which it had previously placed 25% tariffs.

Sales are now picking up after almost entirely ceasing in the second half of 2018. Soybeans are a significant US export to China, which buys on average 30 million to 35 million tons a year.

The speed at which new orders are being placed, and their size – recent week’s included some of the largest daily soybean transactions on record – suggest that China is making good on its pledge, potentially as a sign of continued good will as the two countries search for a resolution.

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