Priority Issues in a Challenging Trade Environment

March 17, 2017

This has been a busy month for USDBC responding to new trade proposals from the Administration and working in coalition with other like minded agricultural commodity groups to outline our priorities and asks to the Trump Administration. Here are some of the issues we’ve been working on and what we’ve been asking for: NAFTA – […]

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Efforts Continue to Cultivate Brazilian Market

March 17, 2017

The poor 2015/16 Brazilian dry bean harvest caused carioca prices to nearly triple from January (first harvest) to August 2016, reaching close to $2,500/MT. There was some elasticity reported by analysts and traders, with black bean purchases increasing due to the carioca shortfall. But 2017 is a different year and Carioca prices are falling with […]

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USDBC Debuts Argentina Planting Intentions Report

March 17, 2017

Due to the growing importance of Argentina in global bean trade coupled with increased U.S. dry bean interest in new market opportunities in Latin America, this year USDBC conducted its first planting intention survey. 2016 was a good year for Argentine bean growers with prices up 50% and exports up almost 70% due to Brazil’s […]

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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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