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Canadian farm exports run into Chinese wall

New commodities are reporting unexpected delays for importation to China

An expanding list of Canadian farm exports is hitting obstacles at Chinese ports, leaving sellers of soybeans, peas and pork scrambling amid a bitter diplomatic dispute. China has already blocked Canadian canola from Richard­son International and Viterra, two of Canada’s biggest farm exporters, saying that shipments had pests. Other China-bound canola cargoes have been cancelled, […] Read more


Huawei? No way

Canadian canola runs into Chinese delays after Huawei CFO arrest

A political dispute between China and Canada over the arrest of a Huawei executive is slowing canola shipments through Chinese ports. That’s causing some importers to hesitate to buy from their biggest supplier, according to interviews with a dozen traders. Since Canadian authorities arrested Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in December for extradition to […] Read more



China’s COFCO makes painful cuts in drive to lead global food trade

The state-owned trading company is aiming to elbow its way in to the club of top grain traders

China’s COFCO International is in the throes of a staffing upheaval as the group pursues its professed ambition of sitting at the top table of global agricultural traders. But doubts persist among some in the industry over whether the trading firm will really challenge the existing four dominant players in grains, oilseeds and sugar. In […] Read more