The US Department of Agriculture last week announced the export sale of 115,000 metric tons of US corn to China.
The convergence of China’s demand and production, in conjunction with their dramatic economic growth, has likely encouraged China to open their markets to corn imports.
"For the past 30 years, the US Grains Council has had a presence in China, working with local producers, feed millers and manufacturers to demonstrate the value and cost effectiveness of US corn and their co-products," said Rick Fruth, USGC chairman and Ohio corn farmer.
"We are pleased to see that these market development efforts by the Council are being realized in corn sales to China. We anticipate China to be a long-term importer of US corn and co-products."
US Grains Council sources suggest six additional cargos of corn (250,000-300,000 tonnes) may have been booked for China delivery.
"This tranche of corn exports to China is certainly exciting and should pave the way for continuing imports," said Mike Callahan, USGC senior director for international operations.
"As China’s demand continues to increase, along with its economic growth and urbanization, China is likely to rely more heavily on imports as a way to maintain critical supply and demand balances."