The Canadian Grain Commission is proposing to update and improve producers' access to grain grading dispute resolution, commonly known as 'Subject to Inspector's Grade and Dockage.'

The Canadian Grain Commission is proposing to extend the time frame in which producers can exercise their right to dispute a primary elevator's grade and dockage assessment. Producers would be able to dispute their grain's grade and dockage even if they are not present at the time of delivery, as many producers hire truck drivers or commercial hauling services to deliver their grain.

The changes would add some flexibility for producers and elevators to agree to location and timing on sample retention, while also specifying that samples must be retained for at least seven days (unless otherwise agreed to) to give producers time to consider grading results and trigger dispute resolution.

The proposed changes are in response to feedback from producers, producer associations and elevator operators about grain grading dispute resolution received during the recent Canada Grain Act review consultations.

While work continues on the broader response to the Canada Grain Act consultation, the Canadian Grain Commission is moving to address specific feedback on 'Subject to' within its existing regulations.

The consultation is open until midnight on February 28, 2022.

Visit the Canadian Grain Commission website, HERE.

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