Market Snapshots

February 20, 2017

USDBC is working on several new communications tools for 2017 including the launch of the revamped website, a new card with the supplier directory available through a Q/R code, and a global program evaluation. Some U.S. bean shippers have experienced cargo rejection in Colombia due to the detection of soil.  USDBC is working with U.S. […]

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Despite Improved Production, Trade Projects Brazil Will Buy from U.S. Again

February 20, 2017

Due to a significant domestic production shortfall, Brazil’s 2015-16 dry bean imports increased by 62% to 256,942 MT.  With both Argentina and China experiencing their own production shortfalls, the U.S. was able to establish a foothold in the Brazilian market with imports reaching over 18,000 MT according to USDA’s Trade database. The Brazilian Agricultural Supply […]

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USAID Warns of Unprecedented Threat of Famine in Four Countries in 2017

February 20, 2017

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Famine Early Warning System (FEWSNET) is predicting an unprecedented global famine in 2017. Based on field visits, surveillance, and data, FEWSNET notes, “Given persistent conflict, severe drought, and economic instability, FEWSNET estimates that 70 million people, across 45 countries, will require emergency food assistance this year.”  Specifically, FEWSNET […]

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India’s Insistance on Methyl Bromide Fumigation Disrupts Trade

February 20, 2017

As previously reported, Indian Plant Protection authorities continue to insist on the use of methyl bromide for fumigation of agricultural imports.  Methyl Bromide (MB) is no longer used for fumigation except in critical cases, in many parts of the world, including the US. Indian authorities have given until April 1, 2017 for the trade to […]

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U.S. Dry Bean Congress Cements U.S./Mexico Trade Relationship

February 20, 2017

Despite some uncertainty about the U.S. trade climate, USDBC’s Mexico Bean Congress enjoyed a strong turnout from both U.S. industry representatives and Mexican buyers.  This year the Congress offered a robust Pan American market perspective presenting detailed information on dry beans in South and Central America as well as Mexico.  This is the first year […]

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U.S. Dry Bean Council Sends Strong Message on Trade in Winter Meetings

February 20, 2017

2017 kicked off with a flurry of activity as USDBC held its annual winter board meeting, several grower groups observed their annual regional Bean Day activities, and USDBC returned to Cancun, Mexico for a re-energized U.S. Bean Congress.  A common theme among all meetings was the importance of a robust trade agenda to continue to […]

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Market Snapshots

January 17, 2017

New timing for import quotas to Dominican Republic may impede US dry bean sales. Quota timing has been curtailed in violation of CAFTA agreement, USDBC working with FAS/Santo Domingo to resolve. Mexico Bean Congress is a month away, please keep checking the website, http://www.usbeancongress.com/ for agenda updates, we have some new topics and speakers this […]

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Fumigation Rules May Disrupt Pulse Trade to India

January 17, 2017

Indian plant quarantine officials are requiring fumigation with methyl bromide for pulse imports, including dry beans. Fumigation is to occur at the port of loading and the shipment must include a certificate as part of required import documentation. While this rule has existed on the books, it has not been enforced during times when India […]

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U.S. Dry Bean Exports to Columbia Hit Record High in 2016

January 17, 2017

U.S. dry bean exports to Colombia reached a record high of 12, 206 MT during the 2016 marketing year (U.S. Census Bureau ). Several different classes of beans were exported, including cranberry, pinto light red kidney beans, dark red kidney beans, black beans, navy beans and Great Northern beans. U.S. cranberry beans proved to be […]

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U.S. Dry Bean Council to Stay the Course in Brazil Marketing Activities

January 17, 2017

The Brazilian Agricultural Supply Company (CONAB)  is forecasting higher production for Brazil’s first harvest for 2016 – 2017.  Conab expects that low stocks and firm prices for carioca and black beans in 2016 would drive up seeded hectares in the first 2016-17 planting season. Higher yields per hectare were also projected along with increased production […]

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