Changes are expected to result in estimated savings of C$10 million for the 2017 -18 fiscal year.
Following a consultation with stakeholders, the decision was made to reduce these fees before the end of the current five-year fee review cycle. The proposed changes were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on April 22. Stakeholders had until May 22, 2017, to provide comments.
These changes are expected to result in estimated savings of approximately C$10 million for the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year based on a projected grain handling volume of 34.4 million tonnes.
Savings for the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year and each year after are expected to be approximately C$15 million.
“Reducing these fees means that millions of dollars will remain in the grain sector, where it can benefit producers and grain handling companies,” said Patti Miller, CGC chief commissioner.
The fees for official inspections per different modes of transportation are all being reduced.
-The fee for official inspection of grain discharged to ships will be reduced from C$1.70 to C$1.35 per tonne.
-The fee for official weighing of grain discharged to ships will be reduced from C$0.16 to C$0.07 per tonne.
-The fee for official inspection of railway cars, trucks or containers will be reduced from C$153.43 to C$121.12 per inspection.
-The fee for official weighing of railway cars, trucks or containers will be reduced from C$14.78 to C$6.67 per railway car, truck or container.
The CGC 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. It regulates the grain industry to protect producers’ rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions in Canada.