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FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 16 August)

Update for 16 August 2019: All other routes/offers updated through the day's mid-day pricing.    Tweet Update for 1 August 2019: New routes added: Agrentina to Japan, Brazil to Japan 4 May Update: Pushed a user interface change and improved app responsiveness. Data updated to refle...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 16 August)

Ocean Freight Insights and Comments - 15 August 2019 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting   Dry-bulk markets found a bottom this week and bounced off it. From a technical point of view, you would say that things gapped higher. Now, the market is wondering if this is a true turn around or if...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Saudi Arabia is adjusting its wheat import requirements for implementation as of the next tender. Traders expect that a change in the bug damage limitation will allow Russia to take a large share of the Saudi wheat business, particularly since...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS A feed protein production facility is going to be established in Saudi Arabia. It is reportedly intended to produce as much as 50,000 MT of animal feed protein annually through the processing of methane gas. Construction is expected to begin i...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Saudi Arabia’s SAGO has advised that the pre-qualified flour mill bidders will finish their due diligence and present their completed offers for the government flour mills this week. It has not announced who the qualified bidders are, bu...

Freight Ignores Geopolitics

Iran is seizing foreign-flagged vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, and the U.S. is shooting down drones in the region. Analysts say that Tehran is intentionally driving up oil prices to obtain global pushback against the American sanctions that are crippling the Iranian economy. They also warn th...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy Export Sales; Higher Brazil Freight Rates; EU Rapeseed; India’s Monsoon Issue

Not Much Improvement in U.S. Soy Export Sales Last Week Today’s USDA export sales report indicated the week ending 11 July was another challenging one for the U.S. soy complex. However, soybean exports last week were the highest since the week ending 21 March 2019. The report indicated ne...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Egypt has advised that fuel prices will be reviewed every three months after recent increases of up to 30 percent. The subsidized fuel prices there will be based on world fuel prices as well as the value of the Egyptian pound against the USD...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains

Mercosur Regional Analysis

Soybeans Brazil  The Brazilian market was almost entirely dead last week with Chinese buyers sidelined and not bidding on any position. Their absence has persisted for two weeks now, concerning several exporters. The situation is compounded by a lack of farmer selling (due to the strong Br...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST COMMENTS Egypt is talking to France about 35 million Euros for the funding of small and medium agriculture organizations. The discussions were announced by the French ambassador in a speech last week. It is expected that much of the funding could go to...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Egypt reports that the government has purchased 3.66 MMT of local wheat. The total is expected to increase as it will buy wheat until the end of June. The Romanian wheat cargo that had been rejected in Egypt will now be allowed to enter the co...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS The Tunisian government will be using drones this year to assess the grain crops as well as to try and identify those who have been setting fire to the wheat crops in parts of the country. However, some locals say only very high temperatures a...

FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 16 August)

Update for 16 August 2019: All other routes/offers updated through the day's mid-day pricing.    Tweet Update for 1 August 2019: New routes added: Agrentina to Japan, Brazil to Japan 4 May Update: Pushed a user interface change and improved app responsiveness. Data updated to refle...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 16 August)

Ocean Freight Insights and Comments - 15 August 2019 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting   Dry-bulk markets found a bottom this week and bounced off it. From a technical point of view, you would say that things gapped higher. Now, the market is wondering if this is a true turn around or if...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Saudi Arabia is adjusting its wheat import requirements for implementation as of the next tender. Traders expect that a change in the bug damage limitation will allow Russia to take a large share of the Saudi wheat business, particularly since...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS A feed protein production facility is going to be established in Saudi Arabia. It is reportedly intended to produce as much as 50,000 MT of animal feed protein annually through the processing of methane gas. Construction is expected to begin i...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Saudi Arabia’s SAGO has advised that the pre-qualified flour mill bidders will finish their due diligence and present their completed offers for the government flour mills this week. It has not announced who the qualified bidders are, bu...

Freight Ignores Geopolitics

Iran is seizing foreign-flagged vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, and the U.S. is shooting down drones in the region. Analysts say that Tehran is intentionally driving up oil prices to obtain global pushback against the American sanctions that are crippling the Iranian economy. They also warn th...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy Export Sales; Higher Brazil Freight Rates; EU Rapeseed; India’s Monsoon Issue

Not Much Improvement in U.S. Soy Export Sales Last Week Today’s USDA export sales report indicated the week ending 11 July was another challenging one for the U.S. soy complex. However, soybean exports last week were the highest since the week ending 21 March 2019. The report indicated ne...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Egypt has advised that fuel prices will be reviewed every three months after recent increases of up to 30 percent. The subsidized fuel prices there will be based on world fuel prices as well as the value of the Egyptian pound against the USD...

soy-oilseeds feed-grains

Mercosur Regional Analysis

Soybeans Brazil  The Brazilian market was almost entirely dead last week with Chinese buyers sidelined and not bidding on any position. Their absence has persisted for two weeks now, concerning several exporters. The situation is compounded by a lack of farmer selling (due to the strong Br...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EAST COMMENTS Egypt is talking to France about 35 million Euros for the funding of small and medium agriculture organizations. The discussions were announced by the French ambassador in a speech last week. It is expected that much of the funding could go to...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS Egypt reports that the government has purchased 3.66 MMT of local wheat. The total is expected to increase as it will buy wheat until the end of June. The Romanian wheat cargo that had been rejected in Egypt will now be allowed to enter the co...

wheat feed-grains

Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa Regional Analysis

Regional Updates MIDDLE EAST/MEDITERRANEAN COMMENTS The Tunisian government will be using drones this year to assess the grain crops as well as to try and identify those who have been setting fire to the wheat crops in parts of the country. However, some locals say only very high temperatures a...

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