After receiving numerous requests in recent years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering adding distillers grains and pork to its Foreign Agricultural Services export sales report, according to an article by Ethanol Producer (http://bit.ly/…).
Currently, 39 commodities are covered by the export sales reporting requirement mandate, including wheat, oil seeds, cotton, beef, etc. A proposed rule calls for all exporters of U.S. distillers grains and pork to provide information to FAS on a weekly basis, including quantity, destination and other information.
While the current systems includes a two-month delay for information on sales and shipments, information and distillers grains and pork would be available within two weeks. In a letter of support for the proposed rule, the National Corn Growers Association said the data would help "facilitate market transparency and allow our industry and our corn marketing partners with the ability to conduct accurate and timely analysis of U.S. market conditions."
Although no timeline is set for USDA approval, a "yes" or "no" determination will be made on comments submitted on or before Aug. 24, according to Peter Burr, branch chief with the import policies and export reporting division office of trade programs with FSA.
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