Chinese importers have defaulted on at least 500,000 tons of U.S. and Brazilian soybean cargoes worth around $300 million, the biggest in a decade, as buyers struggle to get credit amid losses in processing beans.
Three companies in the eastern province of Shandong had defaulted on payments for shipments as they were unable to open letters of credit with banks, trade sources said on Thursday.
A string of defaults on loans, bonds and shadow banking products in recent weeks has highlighted rising credit risks in China, partly fueled by signs the economy is slowing.
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