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China allows corn imports from Brazil from start of April

Published on Apr 8, 2014 12:56 PM
 
Tall feed corn is harvested in Santo Antonio do Jardim, Brazil. China, the world's second-largest corn consumer, has allowed imports of the grain from Brazil from the start of this month. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, the world's second-largest corn consumer, has allowed imports of the grain from Brazil from the start of this month, Chinese quarantine authorities said on Tuesday.

The government of Brazil, the world's No. 2 corn exporter, flagged the move late last year, but the start date was not revealed at that time.

China mainly imports corn from United States, but shipments from the country have been curbed after officials turned away about 1 million tonnes due to the presence of an unapproved genetically-modified strain.

In the wake of the rejections, it has stepped up imports from Ukraine. Argentina, Peru, Thailand and Laos are the other nations approved to ship corn to China.

 
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