WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The Taiwan Feed Industry Association on behalf of the Taiwanese Agricultural Goodwill Mission signed a letter of intent with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) on Sept. 10,  committing to purchase 5 million tonnes (197 million bushels) of U.S. corn in 2014 and 2015. In addition, 500,000 tonnes of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) will be included in the memorandum.
The total value of intended purchases is estimated to be nearly $4 billion, making Taiwan's letter of intent evidence of a U.S. commitment to strengthen trade ties and maintain a well-established partnership with the nation.
“Over the last 40 years, Taiwan has been one of the most import export markets for U.S. coarse grains and products,” said Julius Schaaf, USGC chairman. “With Taiwan producing less than one percent of its needed grains, the United States is able to be a major supplier to the nation. In 2011-2012, Taiwan was the sixth-largest U.S. corn market, the third-largest U.S. barley market and the seventh-largest U.S. sorghum market. The Council is proud of the partnership we have had with Taiwan for many years and are excited for the possibilities that continue to grow from this partnership.”
The Council has played an integral role in building and sustaining close ties between the United States and Taiwan. Even though U.S. agriculture exports to Taiwan are facing increasing competition from other suppliers, the Council continues to offer customer service, through providing timely and objective market information and assuring the Taiwanese of the quality and reliability of U.S. coarse grains and products. Through this relationship, Taiwan has remained one of the most stable markets for U.S. agriculture.