This article has been reprinted from the April 11 USDA Grain Transportation Report.

For the week ending April 4, total inspections of grain for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.52 million metric tons (mmt).

This shows a 1 percent increase from the previous week, a 10 percent decrease from last year, and a 5 percent increase from the 3-year average. Inspections of grain were up for the third consecutive week.

The increase in inspections was driven by a 19 percent increase in wheat inspections and a 21 percent increase in soybean inspections.

Soybean shipments destined to China rebounded, increasing 45 percent from week to week.

Inspections of corn, however, were down 18 percent from the past week.

Pacific Northwest (PNW) inspections increased 18 percent from the previous week, while Mississippi Gulf inspections decreased 19 percent