September 12, 2019 / 5:56 PM / 2 months ago

Exclusive: Ahead of trade talks, China makes biggest U.S. soybean purchases since June - traders

FILE PHOTO: Workers transport imported soybean products at a port in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chinese importers bought at least 10 boatloads of U.S. soybeans on Thursday, their most significant purchases since at least June, traders said, ahead of high-level talks next month aimed at ending a bilateral trade war that has lasted more than a year.

The soybean purchases, totalling at least 600,000 tonnes, are slated for shipment from U.S. Pacific Northwest export terminals from October to December, two traders with knowledge of the deals said.

The purchases were another indication that trade tensions between Washington and Beijing may be easing, after hitting a low last month when China suspended all U.S. farm product purchases in response to threats by President Donald Trump to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods.

U.S. soybean exports to China, the world’s top buyer, have plummeted during the bitter dispute, with swelling supplies sending prices to near-decade lows and U.S. farmers struggling to turn a profit.

Benchmark Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures Sv1 jumped to one-month highs on Thursday.

Reporting by Karl Plume in Chicago; Editing by Chris Reese and Sonya Hepinstall

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