Chinese authorities accepted Brazilian documents that guarantee the safety of its genetically modified soybean exports, allowing trade to resume, said China's Vice Agriculture Minister Niu Dun, according to a Dow Jones report.

He said the Chinese government received the documents on Jan. 13 and licenses to import Brazilian soy can now be issued.

The Agriculture Ministry said it delayed sending drawing up the documents that vouch the exports offer no threat to humans or the environment until the official publication of a law that legalized the planting and sale of GMOs in Brazil this year.

Brazil has just begun harvesting its record crop but shipments don't pick up until March. As such, the short suspension in license issuing had little effect on trade.