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Illinois Soybean Association Signs MOU with Taiwan

Taiwan is 7th largest market for U.S. ag exports


The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and other Illinois commodity groups signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taiwan that will enable closer cooperation in global trade facilitation.

This signing follows a recent announcement from the Taiwan Vegetable Oil Manufacturers Association (TVOA) that it intends to purchase between 2.6 million and 2.9 million MT (equivalent to between 96 million and 107 million bushels) of U.S. soybeans between 2023 and 2024.

The value of these purchases is estimated to be $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion.

"The signing of the MOU signifies a step towards global trade security,” said ISA Chairman Steve Pitstick. “And it reinforces ISA's commitment to maintain the security of international supply chains, while facilitating legitimate trade relationships.”

Taiwan is 7th largest market for U.S. ag exports

In 2021, the total value of U.S. agricultural and related products exported to Taiwan reached $3.94 billion, making it the seventh largest market for U.S. agricultural exports. The U.S. supplies about 27% of Taiwan’s agricultural imports.

The MOU, which will work to create an agreement that advances the interest of Illinois’ farmers, seeks to support and grow the Illinois ag economy with more robust trade opportunities with Taiwan.

“We value the opportunity for transparency and cooperation because trade is vital to Illinois’ 43,000 soybean producers,” Pitstick said.

“Roughly 60% of the nearly 672 million bushels of the soybeans grown in Illinois are exported, resulting in an estimated $4 to $5 billion in value."

Pitstick said the MOU signed today further strengthens the unique relationship between Illinois soybean farmers and the Taiwanese.

“We have great respect for Taiwan’s expertise and role in this important trade relationship," Pitstick said.

"Illinois soybean farmers continue to learn from our global partners about the evolving preferences and high standards to which our products are measured."

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