According to the Agricensus Agency, a load of Brazilian soy exported to northern China was detained on July 25 because ten crew members aboard a ship from Rio Grande do Sul have tested positive for Covid-19.
The Brazilian crew tested positive after the ship arrived at the port of Yantai, in Shandong province, China. After being subjected to tests, the ship was supposedly detained at the pier for four days.
“There is concern in the soybean market in China. Some processors are afraid to buy, ”a Chinese source close to the matter told Agricensus. “Crews involved in transporting iron ore also tested positive,” he added.
”The crew will be taken to the local hospital and others will remain in quarantine,” said a soy trader.
According to sources in the soy market, customs regulations require that all crews of any cargo ship arriving in China be tested for coronavirus. In addition, if they are positive, they need to be quarantined for at least 14 days.