Private exporters reported to USDA export sales of 165,000 metric tons (MT) of soybeans to China during the 2012-13 marketing year. The marketing year for soybeans began Sept. 1.
USDA issues both daily and weekly export sales reports to the public. Exporters are required to report to USDA any export sales activity of 100,000 MT or more of one commodity, except 20,000 MT for soybean oil, made in one day to one destination, by 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the next business day following the sale. Export sales of less than these quantities must be reported to USDA on a weekly basis.
Juli says: After China overnight announced it's 1st-qtr. GDP came in slightly lower than expectations, this fresh demand news is positive as it shows the country's appetite for beans -- especially U.S. beans -- remains strong.