International corn price at $206.5 per ton, the highest in almost eight years

The international price of maize is $206.5 per ton, the highest in almost eight years. The sharp cut in the US production estimate and growing Chinese demand pushed up prices. The yellow grain entered the public arena in these 15 days due to the government's suspension of exports until March, an issue that triggered a marketing halt by three of the four entities of the Mesa de Enlace and a strike, so the measure was left without effect yesterday by the same government.

Argentina’s country risk rises to 1,417 points; investors fear economic measures

Argentina's country risk reached a maximum of 1,417 basis points, reflecting investors' fears about the behavior of the domestic economy and doubts about the international situation of the markets, traders told Reuters. They said that the financial problems faced by Argentina are compounded by fears of new confinements in Europe due to the increase in cases of COVID-19.

Trade balance with Brazil shows a deficit of $700 million in 2020

The trade balance with Brazil showed a deficit of $700 million in 2020. A 26.1% collapse explained the deterioration in trade with the neighbouring country in exports, severely affected by a pandemic that hit the Brazilian economy and industry hard. As a result, Argentina's share of Brazil's imports in 2020 was the lowest since 2000, falling from six per cent to less than five per cent.

Soybeans surpassed $477, and the harvest valued at more than $5 bn

In Chicago, the oilseed closed at $477.1 a ton, its highest value in six and a half years and represented a 58% rise from its March low this year. In just over eight weeks the total harvest, adding wheat, maize and soybeans, rose by about $5 billion. In this framework, the foreign currency generated by the agroindustry may become the ideal lifeline for the Argentine economy in 2021, considering that with the scenario of an estimated income of $29 billion, a growth of 35.4% compared to the $21.43 billion estimated by the Rosario Stock Exchange for 2020.

The strike in the ports lifted after 20 days of the conflict

Finally, there was an agreement between the oil unions and the agro-export companies, and lifted the strike in the ports at 6 am this Wednesday. The strike in the Argentine ports caused a sharp rise in grain prices on the Chicago Market. So far, 173 ships are waiting to load nearly 4.7 million tonnes of grains, oil and soy flour for over $2 billion. As of December 16, only 38% of the 1.7 million tons of corn scheduled for whole December shipped.

Argentinean ships will not be allowed to emit greenhouse gases

The government enacted the law adopting the rules established in 1997 by the International Agreement on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, which prohibits vessels from emitting greenhouse gases. It is an agreement signed within the framework of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). It contains rules aimed at preventing and minimising pollution from ships, both accidental and from normal operations.

After hitting $6.75 per ton of Ice in October, the international value of lithium expects to recover

After falling to $6.75 per ton of Ice, the Secretary of Mining said that the international value of lithium would rebound due to the recovery of sales and penetration rate of electric vehicles in China and Europe. Earlier this month, the mining company Orocobre announced investments in Argentina for $400 million in a joint venture with the Toyota Corporation and the Government of Jujuy that will generate an increase in lithium production.