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The Ship Caught in the Middle as U.S. and China Zigzag on Trade

  • Voyage of the RB Eden appears to track Chinese trade policy
  • Ship loaded with sorghum heading to Asia after latest change
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A ship carrying sorghum is literally riding the waves of the fractious relationship between China and the U.S. over trade.

The bulk carrier RB Eden was loaded with the grain at Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.’s terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, and was initially bound for Shanghai. When China announced a 179 percent tariff on imports of sorghum in mid-April, it performed a U-turn in the Indian Ocean, according to vessel data tracked by Bloomberg, and sailed back around southern Africa toward Europe.