China says it will exclude soybeans and pork from additional tariffs, marking a huge win for US farmers in the trade war

Farmer Randy Miller is shown with his soybeans, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at his farm in Lacona, Iowa.  Miller, who also farms corn, is among farmers unhappy with President Donald Trump over  waivers granted to oil refineries that have sharply reduced demand for corn-based ethanol. Miller called it

  • China announced via its Xinhua News Agency that it would not impose additional tariffs on soybeans, pork, and other agricultural goods after Trump postponed tariffs on Chinese goods. 
  • The report said that it would be pushing its domestic companies to purchase a “certain amount of US farm produce.”
  • Pork prices in China have skyrocketed in the last few months due to African Swine fever plaguing China’s pig population, amid worries that there would not be enough supplies during China’s holiday season. 
  • While American farmers have been suffering as a result of the trade war, as American exports of soybeans to China have fallen rapidly.
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China just announced that it would not be adding additional tariffs to US agricultural goods such as soybeans and pork, marking a huge win for American farmers. 

The superpower said via the state-owned Xinhua news agency that it would be encouraging Chinese companies to purchase more American agricultural goods after Trump delayed tariffs by two weeks in October. 

This comes after a week of a thaw in the trade war after China initially removed tariffs from 16 American exports.

This was then followed by a delay in tariffs by Trump, moving the initial implementation of a 5 percentage point increase in tariffs on $250 billion worth of goods from October 1 to October 15. 

Talks are scheduled to take place at the beginning of next month, where the two superpowers will be discussing the prospect of a new trade deal. 

Xinhua said that the decision was taken by the Chinese Commerce Ministry and China’s economic development agency. 

It wasn’t specified how much pork and soybeans will be purchased, but pork supplies have become a huge concern for China, due to the bout of African swine fever that has plagued China’s hog population. 

Pork prices have also skyrocketed in recent months, with Bloomberg reporting a 47% increase last month. Bloomberg also reported that 87,771 tons of pork was purchased by China from the US this year. 

China which is the world’s largest importer of both goods is heading into its holiday season, and worries have been rising that there would not be enough pork available ahead of its 70th anniversary as the People’s republic on October 1. 

Meanwhile, soybeans have been a major talking point during the trade war, as farmers have suffered from China dramatically reducing exports of the protein. Soybean futures were up 1.2% at 7:00 am in New York on Friday after the news hit.

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