Saudi Arabian Export Exchange Team Ready to Meet US Vendors: Council Victory Opens Door to Higher Sales

In August of 2011, the U.S. Grains Council announced its success of getting distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed (CGF) added to the Saudi Arabian subsidy list of feed ingredient imports. Since then, Saudi Arabia has imported 24,000 tons of DDGS and nearly 16,000 tons of CGF. Although still a relatively small market, the Council anticipates DDGS and CGF sales will rise as buyers become more familiar with integrating feed rations with these products.

Building Partnerships in Turkey: Council Participates in Confidence Building Trade Workshop

Re-opening Turkey as an export market for U.S. corn and co-products is an important goal for both the U.S. Grains Council and the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Historically a strong U.S. market, Turkey in 2009 enacted a draconian biosafety law that has effectively slammed the door on U.S. exports of corn and corn co-products. Building sentiment in Turkey for reconsidering this measure is an ongoing project, and increasing Turkish understanding of and confidence in the WTO, the international trading system, and the international food safety regime is a key strategy.

Register Today for Export Exchange 2012: Opening Doors for Business Around the World

Registration is now available for the Export Exchange 2012, an international trade conference focused around the export of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and coarse grains. The event—co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association—will be held Oct. 22-24, 2012, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

CGM/CGF Win ‘Non-Hazardous’ Recommendation in Key International Forum

This week, a key working group of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has recommended approval of a U.S. proposal that corn gluten feed (CGF) and corn gluten meal (CGM) be reclassified as 'seedcake – non-hazardous' in the official code of the IMO. The reclassification will eliminate a requirement that these cargoes be loaded on vessels with specialized fire suppression equipment.

The proposal was based on the results of tests organized by the U.S. Grains Council in cooperation with a number of U.S. producers, marketers and shippers of CGF and CGM.

Breakthrough in Saudi Subsidy List Opens Door for US Imports

Culminating years of U.S. Grains Council efforts, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has added corn gluten feed (CGF) and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to its import feed ingredient subsidy list, creating a strong incentive for sales. It also increased the subsidy for sorghum, a step expected to lead to more sorghum inclusion.

Chile Holds Promise for US Co-Product Exports

Upon completion of a recent U.S. Grains Council market assessment in Chile, staff and consultants concluded that Chile could easily import up to one million metric tons of U.S. corn products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal annually, despite a slow decline in current import levels.

In 2010, Chile imported roughly 140,000 metric tons of U.S. corn gluten meal and DDGS, down from its record high of 200,000 tons in 2008.

Council Wins “Unprecedented Exemption” for Corn Gluten Shipments

U.S. bulk shipments of corn gluten feed (CGF) and corn gluten meal (CGM) will be exempt from new shipping restrictions as the result of an industry effort spearheaded by the U.S. Grains Council.

Letters of exemption, issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, will allow both products to continue flowing to international markets without incurring unnecessary costs when the new rules take effect in January.

400,000 MT US Corn and Co-products Sold at SEA Conference

More than 138 grain traders, purchasing managers and integrators from around the world gathered last week in Singapore at the 4th Southeast Asia Grain Transportation Conference. This conference, jointly organized by the American Soybean Association-International Marketing and the U.S. Grains Council, helped foster the sale of 400,000 metric tons of U.S. corn and their co-products.


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