A currency front in the U.S.-China trade war

Nearly two years after Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) began investigating China over IP concerns and 11 months after the bulk of tariffs went into effect, President Trump announced a tariff of 10 percent on some US$300 billion of Chinese exports—upping the [...]

U.S. may expand 2018/19 Mexican sugar import quota

Official estimates peg October-May imports of Mexican sugar at 596,739 metric tons raw value (MTRV), down 17.5 percent from the 723,704 MTRV imported during the same months of 2017/18. Year-to-date imports are down 19.6 percent from the average of the three market years that [...]

U.S. corn & soy condition index slightly low

As of June 23, U.S. corn rose to 89 percent emerged, a 10-point jump from the week prior, but on pace for the slowest year on record. Ohio and Michigan are both more than 30 points behind their five-year emerged averages while Indiana, Missouri, [...]

U.S. net agricultural export totals adjusted downward

Last Thursday, May 30, USDA released its quarterly Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade, forecasting import and export value totals for the current year. USDA decreased its initial export value forecast by $4.5 billion, from $141.5 billion down to $137 billion. Lower forecasted export shipments [...]

U.S. PJC imports just 28.4 million liters in Q1 2019

Despite low, stable pricing for pineapple juice concentrate, U.S. imports remain weak overall, with January-March 2019 imports down 9 percent from Q1 2018. Q1 imports from our top three origins (Thailand, the Philippines, and Costa Rica) accounted for over 80 percent of total Q1 [...]

Stock markets slide amid U.S.-China trade uncertainty

Stock market volatility picked up last week with a further hike for U.S. tariffs on Chinese products. The Trump administration accused China of reneging on several areas previously negotiated, and tensions escalated further between the two countries. The current understanding is that imports already [...]

African swine fever: Hogs, China, & trade

One of the hottest current topics in agricultural markets is African swine fever, a virus ravaging the Chinese hog industry. Market concerns abound, from whether the virus can spread to other regions globally (such as the U.S.) to its potential impact on pork production [...]