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China's Nov. soybean imports up on month, boosted by U.S. cargoes

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BEIJING, Dec 7 (Reuters) - China's soybean imports rose sharply in November from the previous month, as more shipments from the United States arrived during the peak North American export season, customs data showed on Tuesday.

The world's top buyer of soybeans brought in 8.57 million tonnes in November, up 68% from October's figure of 5.11 million, data from the General Administration of Customs showed.

Hurricane Ida limited U.S. grains exports in September, including soybeans, by crippling terminals and delaying shipments.

U.S. shipments picked up later as the hurricane impact eased and the market entered the peak export season.

For the whole marketing year, however, China's U.S. soybean imports were expected to fall from the previous year, as the hurricane delays clipped the export window for American beans, which also faced strong competition from an early Brazilian harvest. read more

China's November soybean imports were also down from 9.59 million tonnes in the corresponding month a year earlier, when a large volume of U.S. cargoes arrived following a trade deal.

China brought in 87.65 million tonnes of soybeans in the first 11 months of the year, down 5.5% from the corresponding period the previous year, the data showed.

Soybean shipments in 2021 were seen to slow from the previous year, as low crush margins curbed demand. read more

China's soybean crush margins increased from June's record lows to more than 200 yuan a tonne in October, before retreating.

Hog margins in the southwestern province of Sichuan, a top producer of pigs, are 250 yuan a head, up sharply from early October, when farmers faced a loss of 400 yuan on each animal.

But pig prices are expected to fall in the new year if production is not cut substantially, the farm ministry said.

China also brought in 673,000 tonnes of vegetable oils in November. Imports in the first 11 months of the year were 9.573 million tonnes, up 1.6% on the year, the data showed.

Reporting by Hallie Gu and Shivani Singh; Editing by Richard Pullin and Clarence Fernandez
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