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 metric tons or more of one commodity, except 20,000 tons for soybean oil, made in one day to one destination, by 3 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: This is the first daily sales announcement announced by USDA since May 17. Bulls hope it signals demand for U.S. beans has begun to strengthen as prices are more attractive.