Grains Leaders Meet with Customers in Colombia, Mexico

U.S. Grains Council and National Corn Growers Association officers traveled to Colombia and Mexico last week to meet with key customers and end-users and express appreciation for their business - reaffirming their commitment to the export market. USGC Chairman Julius Schaaf says simply being there sent a strong message to U.S. customers in those key markets that the U.S. cares and wishes to continue to enjoy mutually beneficial trade relationships. Mexico leads the world as the top U.S. corn export customer this year with total exports of more than 216-million bushels from September 2013 to March 20th. Also - Colombia is making a comeback with total exports of U.S. corn at more than 59-million bushels in that same time period. NCGA President Martin Barbre says the simple comeback of the Colombian market after the free trade agreement is a true success story for the Council and NCGA - highlighting the fact that when trade works - the world wins. Meetings in both countries highlighted economic strength and demand growth for livestock products. However - importers expressed concern about the increasing delay in shipping times from the U.S. - making them feel like U.S. infrastructure and logistics may not be keeping up with the pace of production and increased worldwide demand.

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