China: New grain tariffs in 2008
Tariffs between 5 and 25% on grain exports are to be
imposed in China during 2008, according to the Finance Ministry in a statement
This represents the latest move to discourage exporting grain abroad as
domestic grain prices soar.
Importers of Chinese grains, however, may be forced to source supplies
elsewhere in countries such as the US, Brazil and Argentina.
As of Wednesday this week, tariffs of 20% will be placed on exports of wheat,
buckwheat, barley and oats. A 25% tariff will be applied to wheat flour and
For exports of corn, rice, soybeans, sorghum and millet, a lower tariff of 5%
is to be imposed.
Exports of corn and wheat were suspended in mid-2007 amid fears that domestic
grain output would not cover domestic consumption.
â€¢ Ministry of Finance
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