Workshops In Singapore, Malaysia Share Value Of U.S. Grains And Soybeans

Workshops in Southeast Asia

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) joined forces this month to put on two one-day workshops for Southeast Asian buyers looking for the latest in market and harvest information and details about how U.S. agricultural products can benefit their businesses.

Manuel Sanchez, USGC regional director for South and Southeast Asia, provided timely insights on the 2017/2018 coarse grains outlook, while other presenters provided outlooks on the global overview for grains and oilseeds.

U.S. Corn Feeding Malaysian Chickens As Market Returns To U.S. Origin

Malaysians eat a lot of chicken - upwards of 110 pounds per year per person. More of those chickens will soon be eating U.S. corn thanks to the arrival of a 68,100 metric ton (2.68 million bushels) bulk shipment last week, the second shipment received from U.S. origin recently following a five-year purchasing hiatus. 

New Malaysia Import Regulations: U.S. DDGS and CGM Receive Permanent Exemption

Malaysian officials last week agreed to permanently exempt imports of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM) from that nation’s new, more stringent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and inspection regulations for agricultural commodities. The decision makes permanent a temporary exemption, granted in May, for the period from July 31 to Dec. 31, 2014.

New Malaysian Import Regulations Update: US DDGS and CGM Exempted

"Good news," said Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council regional director for Southeast Asia. "The Malaysian government has confirmed that U.S. DDGS (distiller's dried grains with solubles) and corn gluten meal are not subject to the new import regulations that are scheduled to take effect July 1. For these important U.S. export commodities, the status quo remains in effect."

New Malaysian Regulations Threaten Trade: Discussions Continue

Intensive efforts continue in Malaysia to seek clarification or amendment of new agricultural import regulations, which threaten to impose costly new burdens on a wide range of commodities from several exporting countries. The U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Soybean Export Council are working closely with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Malaysia office and APHIS to reduce or eliminate the negative impact of these new regulations on U.S. export cargos. Local stakeholders in the Malaysian feed, trade and livestock sectors are also expressing their concerns to the Malaysian government.

"We can't do it without them:" Malaysian Buyer Expresses Value of USGC Conference

The opportunity to network with suppliers and gain information on grain quality during the U.S. Grains Council's Export Exchange 2012 was very valuable to Kiat Hwa Chu, who used Export Exchange to identify several prospective new suppliers. Chu, the general manager of the Malayan Flour Mills, based in Malaysia, also appreciated the examination of the supply chain from storage facilities to transportation to export facilities along with the trade mission he attended.

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