China’s soybean imports from Brazil fall 9.5% in 2021


China’s soybean imports from Brazil in 2021 fell 9.5% from the previous year, as lower demand curbed purchases, customs data showed.

The world’s top soybean importer brought in 58.15 million tonnes of the oilseed from Brazil, down 9.5% from 64.28 million in 2020, according to data from the General Administration of Customs.

Brazilian shipments in December were 2.12 million tonnes, up 80% from 1.18 million tonnes a year earlier, but down 43% from 3.75 million tonnes in November, the data showed.

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Crushers lured by high margins ramped up Brazilian imports in the early months of 2021 to process it into soymeal to feed the country’s pig herd that was rapidly recovering from being ravaged by a widespread African swine fever outbreak. Crush margins plunged later, however, as hog margins fell, which reduced the appetite for soybeans.

Chinese annual imports from the United States were 32.3 million tonnes in 2021, up 25% from 25.89 million tonnes in 2020, the data also showed.

China’s soybean imports in all of 2021 were 96.52 million tonnes, down 3.8% from 2020. Under a trade pact with the United States in 2019, China agreed to increase its imports of all agricultural products from the U.S. by $19.5 billion more than a baseline of $24 billion worth of imports in 2017.


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