U.S. exporters revealed sales of 720,000 tons of soybeans to China, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Thursday, as active buys by the world’s top soy importer proceeded for a second consecutive week.

The USDA affirmed the sales in the wake of revealing that week after week U.S. soybean send out deals a week ago were the biggest in at least 16 months, with the greater part scheduled for shipment to China or undisclosed goals broadly believed to be China.

China has been increased U.S. soybean buys as supplies in Brazil, China’s top soy provider, are tightening and Brazil’s fortifying cash BRL= has driven up costs.

The purchasing binge additionally comes amid elevated Sino-U.S. tensions over the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s new national security legislation in Hong Kong.

China promised in a Phase 1 trade deal signed in January to dramatically expand purchases of U.S. farm goods. Be that as it may, sales of key commodities like soybeans, America’s greatest agricultural export by value, stay well beneath levels before the U.S.- China trade war that started in 2018.

In a week by week report on Thursday, the USDA said a net 1 million tons of soybeans were sold for export in the 2019/20 marketing year in the week finished June 4, including 337,000 tons to China and 213,200 tons to obscure goals. New-crop sales totaled more than 1.2 million tons, with 517,000 tons to China and 644,000 to obscure purchasers.

Those consolidated sales represented the biggest week after week soy sales count since at least February 2019, as indicated by USDA information.

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