News & Events
Intensive efforts continue in Malaysia to seek clarification or amendment of new agricultural import regulations, which threaten to impose costly new burdens on a wide range of commodities from several exporting countries. The U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council are working closely with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Malaysia office and APHIS to reduce or eliminate the negative impact of these new regulations on U.S. export cargos. Local stakeholders in the Malaysian feed, trade and livestock sectors are also expressing their concerns to the Malaysian government.
Southeast Asia's imports of U.S. corn gluten meal (CGM) has swelled this past year by 47 percent, nearly reaching 400,000 metric tons. This is a vital market for U.S. CGM with three of the top 10 U.S. export markets located in the region.
Indonesia alone, the largest overall market, accounted for 25 percent of the U.S. export market, importing more than 256,000 tons of CGM in 2013, valued at $176 million—a 36 percent increase from 2012. This record level of U.S. CGM imports was driven by a large demand for a high-quality protein source from Indonesia's poultry industry.
In 2013, Southeast Asia imported just over 1 million metric tons of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) from the United States, an increase from 2012.
The numbers for January 2014 are strong and tracking ahead of 2013 in year-over-year comparison: 110,112 tons for 2014 versus 93,304 tons in 2013. One reason for this – other than Vietnam increasing its imports by more than 22,000 tons – is the addition of Myanmar (Burma) to the list of importing countries.
In recent years, Vietnam has emerged as a consistent market for U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), but corn exports have been constrained by regional competition from India and a $5 to 7 per ton shipping advantage for South America versus U.S. corn from the Gulf. A recent spike in U.S. corn exports, however, is providing an opportunity for the U.S. Grains Council to educate buyers about U.S. quality and reliability.
Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member, Living Water Integra Trade, Inc.
Living Water Integra Trade was created to supply distiller's dried grains with solubles and whole grains from the United States to Chinese and Southeast Asia end-users. Living Water utilizes its established mature suppliers, local logistics, ocean carriers and end-users network to create value for its customers through professionalism and passion.
By: Clover Chang, U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan
In Taiwan, salad boxes at McDonald's, Slurpee cups at 7-11 convenience stores, and cold drink cups at Starbucks Coffee all have a common factor: U.S. corn. These products are made with an environmentally-friendly corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) packaging material from the United States.
No one said it would be easy.
Trade ministers from Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries stated they made substantial progress following four days of meetings in Singapore this week but will not meet their goal of concluding the talks by the end of this year. While there is no announced date they will likely meet in January.
Representing the U.S. Grains Council in Singapore was Floyd Gaibler, the Council's director of trade policy and biotechnology. Gaibler noted that key agricultural issues are among the most important remaining unresolved items.
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on Nov. 8, the U.S. Grains Council reached out to third-party cooperators for an update on the situation. Reports indicate that the typhoon did not cause significant damage to the Filipino agricultural import structures and the Simon Group of Companies, the largest importer of distiller's dried grains with solubles, are ok. Coconut production has been impacted which may be felt by the feed industry since Filipino feeders use coconut and its by-product copra meal as a feed ingredient.