Sunny side up for grain and soybean trade in 2020
The trade dispute dampened grain and soybean trade between the US and China in 2019 and China’s total imports of grain and soybean from the US in the year were down 18.5 million tonnes over 2017. However, it seems that trade negotiations between the US and China are progressing well, and hence soybean and grain trade in 2020 could re-bound, thereby bringing cheer to dry bulk vessel demand.09 Dec 2019: Copper concentrate sails smoothly amid Chilean unrest
Chile has been facing severe unrest for more than a month now, with a state of emergency declared in some parts of the country and curfew imposed in many regions. Although the country is slowly returning to normalcy after the National Congress of Chile agreed to reform the constitution, businesses have been badly affected across Chile.06 Sep 2019: Euphoria in dry bulk spot rates
Surging iron ore exports from Brazil and contracting vessel supply in the region will keep Capesize/VLOC vessels in high demand in the Atlantic, supporting the continued surge in freight rates.
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