CFR China soybean basis hits a record low on weaker local demand and a bumper Brazil harvest

Published Apr 13, 2023

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The CFR China soybean basis hit a historical low after reaching close to the 0 cent/bushel mark on April 10 amid weaker domestic demand and falling negative FOB premiums in Brazil where a bumper soybean crop is expected and selling progression from farmers is seen lagging.

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Platts, part of S&P Global Commodity Insights, assessed the soybean CFR China M1 basis at 5 cents/bushel over May(K) contract on Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) April 10, the lowest for a front-month Brazil shipment. It assessed the soybean CFR China M1 flat price at $551.98/mt April 10, down 3.9% week on week. The CFR China M1 basis, corresponding to the CFR China soybean basis for May shipment, has fallen 90% week on week and 95 % month on month, according to S&P Global data. The open demand for May and June shipments from Brazil had been revised down throughout the past month. For the May shipment, it was changed from 10 million mt to 9 million mt and from 9 million mt to 8 million mt for June, reflecting a slow demand coverage. For May shipment, only 82% of the total demand has been covered as of April 10, less than 35% covered for June shipment as crushers hesitated to bid amid falling prices. From April 6 to April 7, Brazil May shipment was traded from 29 cents/bu to 5 ...
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