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FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 2 December)

Ocean Freight Comments for 19 November 2020: By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting Dry-Bulk freight markets stabilized this week and even ticked higher by week’s end. Physical markets, however, remained mostly unchanged as late-week rallies were not enough to surpass last week’s dro...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 1 December)

Ocean Freight Comments - 19 November 2020 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting Dry-Bulk freight markets stabilized this week and even ticked higher by week’s end. Physical markets, however, remained mostly unchanged as late-week rallies were not enough to surpass last week’s drop. De...

Biden Trade Policy

President-Elect Joe Biden has not yet named his nominee to become U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) but there are plenty of breadcrumbs that suggest the person will be: 1) conventional; and 2) likely a former Obama Administration official. That has been the pattern for his other economic policy...

Agriculture’s Gig Workers; Final Acts – Part 1; No New Hazards; Geneva Squeeze

Agriculture’s Gig Workers A consortium of leftist, environmental and anti-meat activists is suing U.S. meat companies for marketing their products as produced by independent family farmers. The groups argue that due to the contracting system utilized, the meat is instead the output of cor...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Mercosur Regional Analysis

Wheat Concern is rising for the Argentina wheat market after Brazil, the primary buyer of Argentine wheat, announced a tariff-free import quota of 750,000 MT of wheat from non-MERCOSUR origins. At the same time, the RECP free trade agreement might give Australia an advantage selling wheat to de...

softs

Agriculture and RCEP

Asian leaders gather this Sunday to hopefully put the final touches on a trade agreement called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The negotiations have taken eight years and, as usual, the word comprehensive does not apply to agriculture. Likely exempt from tariff reductio...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy Export Sales; India Buys U.S. Soyoil; Shortage of Containers

U.S. Soy Export Sales Highlights Last week was another good one for exporters of U.S. soybeans and soybean products. If the pace of sales and exports continue it could be a record export year for the U.S. soybean sector. Net export sales of soybeans in the week ending 29 October totaled 1,530,5...

Post-Trump Outcomes; Food but Not Income; Between Elephants

Post-Trump Outcomes Analysts in Washington are war gaming the possible aftermath of next Tuesday’s presidential election and finding nothing good. On the one hand, if Mr. Trump wins reelection, the “swamp” as he likes to call it, predicts a newly emboldened incumbent White Hou...

Denuded Logic; Tax Consequences

Denuded Logic A key argument by some Europeans in both opposing palm oil imports, voting against a trade agreement with Brazil, and seeking self-sufficiency in plant proteins is deforestation. Politicians are reminded that Brazil’s rainforests are the earth’s “lungs” and...

Biden Implications to Phase One; Inequitable Compensation; Apples and Oranges

Biden Implications to Phase One At this juncture, China needs soybeans, corn and other products, and the U.S. is currently the lowest cost supplier of some agricultural commodities. However, one question is how faithful will China be to Phase One purchasing obligations when other suppliers beco...

Worse than Agriculture

The agriculture sector is under strong criticism for its harm to the environment. Multilateral disciplines on agricultural subsidies are considered too weak, but at least they exist. The damage caused by subsidized fishing is less obvious to the layman because it lies under the sea. One study c...

wheat feed-grains

Wheat-Rice Substitution

In the classic position of a wheat exporting nation, consumers that have traditionally consumed rice as a food grain ultimately become wheat consumers. This is true, but it can also be said that traditional wheat consumers eat more rice when given access to it.  Southeast Asian countries l...

FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 2 December)

Ocean Freight Comments for 19 November 2020: By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting Dry-Bulk freight markets stabilized this week and even ticked higher by week’s end. Physical markets, however, remained mostly unchanged as late-week rallies were not enough to surpass last week’s dro...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 1 December)

Ocean Freight Comments - 19 November 2020 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting Dry-Bulk freight markets stabilized this week and even ticked higher by week’s end. Physical markets, however, remained mostly unchanged as late-week rallies were not enough to surpass last week’s drop. De...

Biden Trade Policy

President-Elect Joe Biden has not yet named his nominee to become U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) but there are plenty of breadcrumbs that suggest the person will be: 1) conventional; and 2) likely a former Obama Administration official. That has been the pattern for his other economic policy...

Agriculture’s Gig Workers; Final Acts – Part 1; No New Hazards; Geneva Squeeze

Agriculture’s Gig Workers A consortium of leftist, environmental and anti-meat activists is suing U.S. meat companies for marketing their products as produced by independent family farmers. The groups argue that due to the contracting system utilized, the meat is instead the output of cor...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Mercosur Regional Analysis

Wheat Concern is rising for the Argentina wheat market after Brazil, the primary buyer of Argentine wheat, announced a tariff-free import quota of 750,000 MT of wheat from non-MERCOSUR origins. At the same time, the RECP free trade agreement might give Australia an advantage selling wheat to de...

softs

Agriculture and RCEP

Asian leaders gather this Sunday to hopefully put the final touches on a trade agreement called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The negotiations have taken eight years and, as usual, the word comprehensive does not apply to agriculture. Likely exempt from tariff reductio...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy Export Sales; India Buys U.S. Soyoil; Shortage of Containers

U.S. Soy Export Sales Highlights Last week was another good one for exporters of U.S. soybeans and soybean products. If the pace of sales and exports continue it could be a record export year for the U.S. soybean sector. Net export sales of soybeans in the week ending 29 October totaled 1,530,5...

Post-Trump Outcomes; Food but Not Income; Between Elephants

Post-Trump Outcomes Analysts in Washington are war gaming the possible aftermath of next Tuesday’s presidential election and finding nothing good. On the one hand, if Mr. Trump wins reelection, the “swamp” as he likes to call it, predicts a newly emboldened incumbent White Hou...

Denuded Logic; Tax Consequences

Denuded Logic A key argument by some Europeans in both opposing palm oil imports, voting against a trade agreement with Brazil, and seeking self-sufficiency in plant proteins is deforestation. Politicians are reminded that Brazil’s rainforests are the earth’s “lungs” and...

Biden Implications to Phase One; Inequitable Compensation; Apples and Oranges

Biden Implications to Phase One At this juncture, China needs soybeans, corn and other products, and the U.S. is currently the lowest cost supplier of some agricultural commodities. However, one question is how faithful will China be to Phase One purchasing obligations when other suppliers beco...

Worse than Agriculture

The agriculture sector is under strong criticism for its harm to the environment. Multilateral disciplines on agricultural subsidies are considered too weak, but at least they exist. The damage caused by subsidized fishing is less obvious to the layman because it lies under the sea. One study c...

wheat feed-grains

Wheat-Rice Substitution

In the classic position of a wheat exporting nation, consumers that have traditionally consumed rice as a food grain ultimately become wheat consumers. This is true, but it can also be said that traditional wheat consumers eat more rice when given access to it.  Southeast Asian countries l...

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