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Will an international grain grading system make trading easier?

by Ben Nuelle

The grain grading system can make trading overseas complex. This is because the U.S. has a different grading system than other countries. The U.S. Grains Council is working on an international grading system.

Will this solve the problem? Duane Aistrope serves on the biotechnology A team for U.S. Grains on the U.S. Grains Council.

Aistrope says the grains council is always worried about quality of grain.

“If there is an issue with alpha toxins, grains people have feet on the ground with those countries that they are shipping the grain to. They immediately go down and get samples to make sure. There’s been an issues with the grading systems. Our country is a little bit different that the other countries grading systems. U.S. Grains Council is working to get an international grading system which would make everything a lot better.”

He says the grains council has been working on getting an international grading system for quite a while.

“A lot of the issues that I have found, I’ve been to Vietnam and Taiwan, they are always asking about quality. But a lot of times when they buy number 3 corn we may not have number 3 to ship to them so we ship number 2. They are paying number 3 price but the next year they may actually get number 3 and then have concerns about it because they do not realize there is a difference between number 2 and 3 corn.”

Aistrope also commented on the Trans Pacific Partnership and hopes congress would pass the agreement.