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China In-Country Analysis

Macro Trends U.S. Ag Exports to China Fall to Ten-Year Low The USDA-GATS October export data, which covers monthly figures through August 2018, underscores the deep impact of the U.S.-China trade conflict. It shows that just 345,300.4 MT of U.S. agricultural products were shipped to the Middle Kingdom in August, the lowest figure for that month since 2006 when the total was 337,201.2 MT. On a monthly basis, it was the worst since a paltry 287,242 MT were shipped in September 2006. The difference between 2006 and now, however, is the average price (USD/MT). With soybean exports to China falling to their lowest level for the month of August in three years, higher value commodities (e.g., wine, almonds, pork and other food products) are maki...

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