WINNIPEG, July 31, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Grain Commission is making changes to the producer car program to ensure the program provides timely and efficient service to producers and producer car administrators. These changes take effect as of August 1, 2015.
These changes include:
- Issuing Canadian Grain Commission identification numbers to producers.
- Allowing administrators to submit a weekly shipping request list.
- Requiring each producer provide an email address to the Canadian Grain Commission to facilitate communication about a producer car order.
- Sending email confirmations to producers to ensure each producer car application has a confirmed sale before a car is allocated.
- Implementing a backlog rule and a performance allocation rule.
The Canadian Grain Commission is committed to working closely with producers, producer car administrators and the railways to ensure that these changes improve the producer car program.
- The Canada Grain Act entitles producers to order producer cars from the Canadian Grain Commission to ship grain. The Canadian Grain Commission allocates available producer cars, as determined by the railways, to applications in the order they are received (first in/first out). Producer cars are only allocated if the grain to be shipped is committed to a confirmed sale and there is an authorized destination.
- Shipping request lists add flexibility to the allocation process and allow producer car administrators to request producer cars they want allocated in the following week. The lists are based on submitted and processed producer car applications.
- The backlog rule ensures fair access to producer car loading sites because it limits the number of cars allocated to a producer or company to 2 times the maximum car spot at a loading site. Example: A producer can load up to 8 cars at a 4-car spot. After that, the next producer in the queue may load cars at that site.
- The performance allocation rule means that the Canadian Grain Commission will only accept a producer car application if:
- A producer is identified on the order.
- There is a confirmed sale.
- The loading site is identified.
- There is an authorized destination.
- On July 17, 2015, the Canadian Grain Commission hosted a meeting to explain the changes coming into effect on August 1, 2015. The meeting was attended by producer car administrators and representatives from both railways.
Canadian Grain Commission
The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada's grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers' rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.
SOURCE Canadian Grain Commission
For further information: Catherine Jaworski, Manager, Producer Protection, Canadian Grain Commission, 204-230-4028, firstname.lastname@example.org