China’s Demand for High-End Beer Ignites the Passion of Canadian Barley Growers

In the past few years, China's demand for quality barley has increased significantly. This is because China is brewing more high-end beer. As brewers are turning their attention to increasingly discerning beer consumers, the...

The UAE in Africa

UAE’s ever-expanding portfolio in Africa Expanding Portfolio Typically dominated by the US, EU & BRIC nations, investment into Africa has been in decline with the World Investment Report 2018 showing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows into...

Would Blockchain Become the Future of World Commodity Trade?

With digital revolution infiltrating in the world market, newly evolved distributed ledger technologies are transforming the commodity sector. Blockchain, in simple words, is a group of distributed digital records (blocks) of transactions that are...

Brazil Trucker Strike Begins to Affect Global Commodity Markets

When people are so focused on the trade dramas between Trump and China, it’s easy to miss what’s going on in the other parts of the world. In Brazil, the truckers strike has crippled...

Special Notes of China Steel Demand in 2018

China has been world’s largest steel consumer for decades. In 2017, the positive market performance on steel consumption through the year brings 3% to 4% increase of China steel demand. The accelerated pace of China’s...

Blockchain is Set to Chang Shipping Forever

Despite the blockchain has become a hit, shipping still stays in ancient times, and the processes the parties follow are really old-fashioned. Mountains of paperwork include bills of lading, letters of credit,...

Dry Spell in Brazil Hits Second-Corn

Brazil’s northern growing regions are continually suffering dry weather, which peaks in June, July and August. The lasting drought is likely to hurt Brazil’s second-corn, prompting flashbacks to the ill-fated 2018 harvest. Second corn, also...

China May Experience Larger Seasonal Swings in LNG Prices

Chinese government agencies converted tens of thousands of homes and factories from burning coal to natural gas since the end of last year. Beijing’s crackdown on pollution has an immediate effect on cleaner skies,...

Opportunities and Challenges of Lithium-Ion Battery Market

Lithium-ion battery market is expanding fast with the prosperous growth of new energy in these years. According to the report from Grand View Research, “the global lithium-ion battery market is expected to reach USD...

European Spot Styrene Price Continues to Go High

European spot styrene prices continued on an uptrend this week, surging to the highest level since early September last year, although industry insiders are puzzled about the main drivers behind this strong and continuous price rise. Since...

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EU and Japan Sign Free Trade Agreement

The European Union(EU) and Japan signed an agreement on tariff reduction on Tuesday. According to the deal, 99 percent of the tariffs on Japanese...