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Bunge shuts China soybean crushing plants for maintenance

BEIJING, Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. agribusiness Bunge Ltd
said it had shut its two soybean crushing plants in
Rizhao, in China's eastern province of Shandong, for routine
maintenance.

A spokeswoman confirmed the suspension in an email, adding
that it would not affect the company's ability to supply
customers, but without saying how long it would last or
elaborating.

Chinese agricultural industry portal Cofeed reported on
Thursday that Bunge was one of several companies that suspended
operations because of port delays that held up cargoes of the
oilseed in Shandong, the nation's top crushing region.

It said the plants, Rizhao Xinbang Cereals Oils and Bunge
Sanwei Oil & Fat, would shut for five days.

They account for around 6,000 tonnes of daily crushing
capacity.
(Reporting by Hallie Gu and Josephine Mason; Editing by
Clarence Fernandez)

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