A total of 601-thousand metric tons of shipments of U.S. genetically modified corn and corn-derived products were rejected by China in 2013 - according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. China’s government continues to screen U.S. corn and DDGS for the currently unapproved insect resistant MIR162 gene.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports from December 19th through December 26th - net corn sales to China from the U.S. dropped by 116-thousand tons from the previous week. China has imported non-genetically modified corn from Ukraine. In May 2012 - China agreed to finance 3-billion dollars-worth of ag projects in Ukraine in exchange for terms - including rights to sell Ukrainian farm products. In this marketing year - USDA projects Ukraine could export 18-million tons of corn - which would make it and Argentina the third-largest supplier - behind the U.S. and Brazil.