Chart Of Note: Members of DR-CAFTA Set New Trade Records in 2015/2016

Several Latin American countries set U.S. grain import records in the 2015/2016 marketing year, according to recent data reported recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, illustrated in this Chart of Note.

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua have reached new records of U.S. corn imported while El Salvador and Honduras have new records of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) imported.

Chart of Note: Exports of U.S. DDGS Reach Record High in Middle East and North Africa

This week's Chart of Note illustrates the record breaking exports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the Middle East and North Africa in the 2015/2016 marketing year.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) latest trade data report, the United States exported more than 1.14 million metric tons of DDGS to these countries last marketing year, a new high.

Chart of Note: U.S. DDGS Exports Up 6 Percent

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) latest report on trade data showed exports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to all countries are up 6 percent this marketing year, ending Aug. 30. If this pace continues, the export tally for the year should approach 12 million metric tons, near a record set during the 2013/2014 marketing year. 

Shareable: More Than 1.4 MMT of U.S. Corn Exported Last Week

Global exports of U.S. corn just had an excellent week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed in its weekly sales update out Aug. 11.

Exports totaled 1.44 million metric tons from July 29 to Aug. 4, up 27 percent from the previous week and 16 percent from the prior four-week average. 

Among the top destinations were Mexico (254,900 tons), Japan (198,100 tons), South Korea (196,300 tons), Saudi Arabia (137,800 tons), Egypt (122,200 tons) and Colombia (118,000 tons), suggesting the importance and value of U.S. corn globally.

Chart of Note: Global Survey Demonstrates Scale Of Feed Market

Global feed tonnage reached 995.6 million tons in 2015, according to the 2016 edition of an annual global feed survey by agriculture supplier Alltech.

The survey, conducted in December 2015, gathered data from 131 countries, 32,341 feed mills, and several feed industry associations.

Over the past five years, global feed tonnage has increased by 14 percent and, in the past year alone, tonnage increased by 2 percent, the survey showed. The data reflects a worldwide increase in the demand for protein and the global need for feed production.

U.S. Corn Sales Upswing Hits New High

This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates the recent upswing in sales of U.S. corn to countries around the globe. This is good news after months of struggling corn exports due to a strong U.S. dollar and larger-than-expected global corn supplies.

Mexico remains the top market for U.S. corn this marketing year, with Japan – the traditional top market – catching up with sales of 256,700 metric tons (10.1 million bushels) of U.S. corn this week.

Chart Of Note: Global Interest In U.S. Sorghum Growing

This week’s U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates a growing global interest in U.S. sorghum among a diverse group of markets.

While China remains the top market for U.S. sorghum - with more than 5.9 million metric tons (232.3 million bushels) sold to that country as of May 5 - other, non-traditional markets like Pakistan, Venezuela and Colombia have also shown their interest in this coarse grain during this marketing year. Combined, these three markets have purchased more than 295,000 tons (11.6 million bushels) of U.S. sorghum as of May 5.

Chart of Note: Top Customer, Japan, Returns To U.S. Sourcing For Corn

This week's U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Chart of Note illustrates Japan’s returned interest and preference for purchasing U.S. corn. During March, Japan purchased more than 1 million metric tons (39.368 million bushels) of U.S. corn, and the country has already topped those sales during the first three weeks of April.

Recent Sales to Peru Highlight Importance Of Trade Agreements

This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Chart of Note illustrates Peru’s continued interest in purchasing U.S. corn, with its entire duty-free quota filled this year on March 26.

This quota was negotiated under the U.S.-Peru trade promotion agreement (PTPA), which has been instrumental in boosting bilateral trade in food and agricultural products since it went into force on Feb. 1, 2009.

USGC Work To Build On Surge Of Ethanol Exports To Mexico

This week’s U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Chart of Note illustrates the growing interest from Mexican buyers in U.S. ethanol, with purchases increasing an astounding 1,756 percent from the 2006/2007 marketing year until last marketing year.

In 2006/2007, Mexico bought just 1.8 million gallons (6.8 million liters) of U.S. ethanol, while during the 2014/2015 marketing year the United States’ southern neighbor bought more than 33.4 million gallons (126.5 million liters).

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