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China's Tariff Reductions

China announced this morning a list of 696 U.S. products for which importers may apply for a tariff exemption. Importers must apply for the exemption by 2 March, with a particular volume of imports specified in the application. Import volumes above the applied for amount will be subject to the existing retaliatory tariffs. There is a 10 percent buffer on the applied for volumes.  For a matter of scope, the 696 products are less than 14 percent of the 5,078 products targeted by China’s tariffs. However, today’s announcement also references products not on the list. Specifically, stating (very unofficial translation):  … for products that are not on the list, the applicant may submit an application for adding ex...

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Crude Oil and Feedlot Rations

As Gary Blumenthal reported yesterday, efforts are afoot to put a safety net under global crude oil prices. President Trump is communicating with Saudi Arabia and Russia to coordinate a détente in their price and production war, and the so-called OPEC-Plus group, which includes OPEC memb...

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Jones Act Waiver; Cost of Local; USMCA Date

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Crude Oil and Feedlot Rations

As Gary Blumenthal reported yesterday, efforts are afoot to put a safety net under global crude oil prices. President Trump is communicating with Saudi Arabia and Russia to coordinate a détente in their price and production war, and the so-called OPEC-Plus group, which includes OPEC memb...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

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CFTC COT Report Analysis

The attached PDF offers graphical depiction and seasonal analysis of managed money and commercial traders' net position in key agricultural commodity markets. The data is, of course, taken from the CFTC's weekly Commitment of Traders report, using the futures only data. WPI recently completed a...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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