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Russian Federation blocking Kerch Strait: Impacts on Foreign Trade, Political and Economic Outlook After 10 days of Russian blockage of the Kerch Strait in the Azov Sea, Ukraine announced on 4 December that it had resumed grain shipments, marking the end of the military standoff. On 25 November, Russia had deliberately blocked the strait to prevent the peaceful passage of a Ukrainian Armed Forces naval group.It had claimed early in the incident that the ships were stranded, which Ukrainian Navy Commander Ihor Voronchenko denied. The Ukrainian Navy command said that Russian border ships carried out openly aggressive actions against two Ukrainian small-armored artillery boats, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, and the Yana Kapu tugboat. According t...

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Soybeans quickly moved into the green during overnight trading and extended those gains early this morning. November soybeans finished that session 9.75 cents higher, which lent modest support to corn (up 1.75 cents) and wheat (September SRW up 2.25) futures as well. The day session featured st...

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Feeding the World

The current global population is estimated to total around 7.5 billion. By most measures, the world creates or produces enough food to feed them all. In theory, the world’s food security has never been higher. Nevertheless, it is estimated that around 800 million people – more than...

FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 19 July)

Update for 19 July 2019: Data updated for all routes/origins.    Update for 17 July 2019:   Data added for Romanian corn and wheat FOB and CNF Egypt.  Data added for feed wheat FOB Black Sea and CNF various destinations.  Tweet  4 May Update: Pushed a user interfa...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

Soybeans quickly moved into the green during overnight trading and extended those gains early this morning. November soybeans finished that session 9.75 cents higher, which lent modest support to corn (up 1.75 cents) and wheat (September SRW up 2.25) futures as well. The day session featured st...

feed-grains wheat livestock

Feeding the World

The current global population is estimated to total around 7.5 billion. By most measures, the world creates or produces enough food to feed them all. In theory, the world’s food security has never been higher. Nevertheless, it is estimated that around 800 million people – more than...

FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 19 July)

Update for 19 July 2019: Data updated for all routes/origins.    Update for 17 July 2019:   Data added for Romanian corn and wheat FOB and CNF Egypt.  Data added for feed wheat FOB Black Sea and CNF various destinations.  Tweet  4 May Update: Pushed a user interfa...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 19 July)

Update 19 July 2019:  Data is updated for all origins/destinations.    Ocean Freight Insights and Comments - 18 July 2019 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting The bulls got hold of the freight markets this week and pushed things higher. This was the biggest single week jump in the...

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WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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