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Agricultural Export Sales Reporting Info Collection Under Review by USDA

Friday, August 23, 2013
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The Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service is accepting comments through Oct. 22 on the proposed extension of an information collection in support of the export sales reporting program for U.S. agricultural commodities.

U.S. exporters are required to report by 3:00 p.m. the next business day all large sales of wheat (by class), barley, corn, grain sorghum, oats, soybeans, soybean cake and meal, and soybean oil. Large sales for all reportable commodities except soybean oil are defined as 100,000 metric tons or more of one commodity in one day to a single destination or 200,000 tons or more of one commodity during the weekly reporting period. Large sales for soybean oil are 20,000 tons and 40,000 tons, respectively.

Weekly reports are also required, regardless of the size of the sales transaction, for all of the above commodities as well as wheat products, rye, flaxseed, linseed oil, sunflower seed oil, cotton (by staple length), cottonseed, cottonseed cake and meal, cottonseed oil, rice (by class), cattle hides and skins (cattle, calf and kip), beef and pork.

Exporters provide information on the quantity of their sales transactions, the type and class of commodity, the marketing year of shipment, and the destination. They also report any changes in previously reported information, such as cancellations and changes in destinations.

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