Dissolution of United Harvest Joint Venture with CHS Inc.

Dec. 17, 2010

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", head office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Masami Iijima) agreed to dissolve United Harvest, LLC ("UH", head office: U.S.A.), a joint venture company which was established in 1998 and equally owned by CHS Inc. ("CHS", head office: U.S.A., listed on NASDAQ) and United Grain Corp. ("UGC", head office: U.S.A., 100% owned by Mitsui). CHS and UGC signed the dissolution agreement on December 16, 2010. The dissolution of UH is expected to be completed on March 31, 2011.

Upon the dissolution of UH, the leases of the grain export terminals from CHS and UGC to UH will be cancelled. The management of the export terminals will revert to each owner and each owner will undertake the business associated with each export terminal. UGC will continue the business of grain accumulation and export as a sole manager of the Vancouver Export Terminal and of the country elevators in Montana.

In addition, Mitsui determined that it will make an additional investment of US$72 million in UGC which will be used to expand the Vancouver Export Terminal. Mitsui's total investment in UGC will be approximately US$200 million including this additional investment. The expansion will enable UGC to increase its trading volume and secure a stable supply of the U.S. grain mainly to Asian market. The expansion is expected to be completed in the summer, 2012.

The global demand for grain is expected to increase as world population grows and as the economy in the emerging countries continues to improve. Mitsui will strive to strengthen the grain business as one of its core business areas through the expansion and development of UGC's grain accumulation and export business in the U.S.

United Harvest, LLC

Established 1998
Head Office Washington, U.S.A.
Ownership before dissolution CHS 50%, UGC 50%
Business Grain origination and export

CHS Inc.

Established 1998
Head Office Minnesota, U.S.A.
Business A major grains and food and energy company listed on NASDAQ. Operations include grain origination and export, and oil refining and sales.

United Grain Corp.

Established 1969
Head Office Oregon, U.S.A.
Ownership Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (A wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui) 80%, Mitsui 20%
Business Grain merchandising

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Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
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