WORLD MARKETS AND TRADE :
COMMENTARY AND CURRENT DATA
COARSE GRAINS: WORLD MARKETS AND TRADE
China To Export More Corn: Beijing recently announced another
3-million-ton export quota. In addition, the government has also increased the
Value Added Tax (VAT) rebate to exporters. Together, these measures suggest that
there are sufficient domestic supplies to support higher exports. Traders have
reportedly signed contracts for over 4 million tons to be shipped by June.
Reports of exporters having difficulties sourcing the grain notwithstanding,
China is expected to step up shipments in the coming months.
Domestic: March export bids for #2 yellow corn averaged nearly
$100/MT, up more than $5 from February and the largest change in 6 months.
March export bids for #2 yellow sorghum (Texas Gulf) averaged over $96/MT, up
almost $4 from the previous month but still more than 25 percent below year-ago
prices. Sorghum's discount to corn doubled from that of February to over $3 per
ton. (See PDF version for chart)
TRADE CHANGES IN 2004/2005
- United States corn is cut by 1.0 million tons to 45.5 million because of
more competition from China.
- Argentina corn is raised by 0.5 million tons to a record 14.0 million
because of increased demand from Brazil.
- China corn is increased by 1.0 million tons to 5.0 million due to newly
announced government measures that encourage exports.
- Serbia corn is lowered by 400,000 tons to 200,000 due to reduced supplies
and higher domestic needs.
EU barley is cut by 500,000 tons to 2.8 million because of slow exports
thus far and reduced import demand from Saudi Arabia.
- Australia sorghum is up by 100,000 tons for the second consecutive month
(to 700,000) because of a record crop. Argentina sorghum is reduced by the same
amount, given its quality and transportation disadvantages. This is the lowest
in 10 years and the second lowest in USDA's database.
- EU rye is up 100,000 tons to 650,000 due to larger than expected sales out
of intervention stocks.
- Brazil corn is raised by 600,000 tons to 1.0 million, the highest in 5
years, because of a drought-affected crop and strong domestic demand.
- Venezuela corn is lowered by 200,000 tons to 600,000 due to sluggish
- Saudi Arabia barley is down by 500,000 tons to 6.0 million because of good
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Last modified: Thursday, November 13, 2003