In what might suggest a thaw in trade relations, the Chinese government has given new waivers for tariff-free soybean purchases from the United States. Distinct Logistics reports:
The Chinese government has given new waivers to several domestic state and private companies to buy U.S. soybeans without being subject to retaliatory tariffs, according to people familiar with the situation.
The companies received tariff waivers for between 2 million to 3 million tons of American soy, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. Some firms have already bought at least 20 cargoes, or about 1.2 million tons, of the commodity from the U.S. Pacific Northwest on Sept. 23, the people said.
Among the companies are state-owned buyers Cofco and Sinograin as well as five other crushers, the people said. China’s commerce ministry didn’t respond to a fax seeking comment.
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