- Jim Young/Reuters
- Soybeans climbed more than 2% on Friday.
- The US and China imposed $34 billion in tariffs on eachother.
- Follow soybean prices in real time here.
Soybeans rose more than 2% Friday after President Donald Trump followed through with tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, prompting in-kind retaliation from the world’s largest soy importer.
US duties, which target a range of Chinese products including technology imports, went into effect just after midnight Friday. Chinese officials quickly hit back with tariffs on hundreds of US products, including agricultural products and vehicles.
The tariffs come at a time when US soybean farmers usually sell to China, according to Kevin McNew, chief economist at Farmers Business Network. He said China has bought about 2.5 million metric tons of soybeans on forward contracts he suspects will be cancelled.
“Tariffs are never a good thing for American farmers,” he said. “But this is a particularly difficult time for these to go into effect.”
The US shipped more soybeans than usual in May as markets poised for a trade war. Exports of the legume jumped by $2 billion from April, the Commerce Department data showed Friday.
There is no clear end to trade tensions in sight. The Trump administration is set to impose tariffs on $16 billion worth of additional goods as soon as August and has threatened to target another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods in the future.