U.S. corn shipment cleared for discharge in China without delay

By Melissa Coon

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Washington, June 22 – For the first time in almost 15 years, a shipload yesterday of 2.2 million bushels of U.S. No. 2 yellow corn arrived at the Longkou Port in the Shandong Province of China. The vessel immediately cleared customs and was unloaded today.

The U.S. Grains Council, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to building export markets for barley, corn, sorghum and other products, was on-site for the arrival.

“The document passed promptly through customs and cleared for discharge into the port warehouse by the Customs Inspection and Quarantine Service,” said USGC marketing specialist Dan Keefe. “The cooperation throughout the supply chain—from the U.S. supplier, to the vessel agent, to the inspector and finally to the feed mills—appears to be very good. This is a very positive indication for future corn imports.”

The port operates five cranes discharging at the rate of about 28,000 bushels per hour with very little congestion. The discharging operation is expected to be completed in four days, weather permitting.

“Samples were being drawn on a regular basis. There are no negative comments or observations made of the corn. The quality was consistent with a No. 2 U.S. FGIS grade and the corn was in good condition,” said Keefe. “We are pleased with the success of this shipment.

Another shipload of U.S. corn is expected to discharge in July of this year.

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