A vessel carrying U.S. soybeans has unloaded its
cargo at the port of Qingdao in China on Friday, shipping data showed, amid a
trade truce between China and the United States.
The Star Laura, originally carrying 69,298
tonnes of soybeans loaded in Seattle, arrived at Qingdao outer anchorage in
The vessel's draft is now at 44 percent of its
maximum depth, indicating it has emptied its load, data from Refinitive Eikon
The ship changed destination to South Korea in
early November but came back to the port in eastern Shandong province in
December, still fully loaded, indicating it did not offload its cargo at that
time, despite the course change.
China resumed purchases of U.S. soybeans earlier
this month, after the two nations agreed to a 90-day trade detente in Argentina
on Dec. 1.
Beijing has since bought around 3 million tonnes
of soybeans from the United States, according to data from U.S. Department of
Agriculture, and is poised to bring in more cargoes.
However, Beijing's tariffs on American oilseed
cargoes remain in place. China imposed 25 percent tariffs on a list of U.S.
goods including soybeans on July 6, in response to similar moves by the U.S.