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Source: U.S. Grains Council news release

The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to present the U.S. Grains Council Corn Export Cargo Quality Report 2012/13 as a service to foreign buyers and other interested parties.

The Export Cargo Report 2012/13 is an objective survey, taken at the point of loading for international shipment, of the quality of U.S. yellow commodity corn destined for export.

This is the second of two Council reports concerning the quality of the 2012 crop. In December 2012, the U. S. Grains Council Corn Harvest Quality Report 2012/13 examined corn quality at the farm gate.

Together, these two reports are intended to provide reliable information on U.S. corn quality for the current marketing year based on a transparent and consistent methodology.

The Harvest Report 2012/13 and the Export Cargo Report 2012/13 continue this series of annual reports that began in 2011. The Council anticipates the value of these reports to grow over time as stakeholders become familiar with the information presented and with the year-to-year variations expected in the U.S. corn marketing system.

Quality is a vital concern for every stakeholder in the corn value chain including seed companies, corn growers, traders, corn handlers, shippers, processors and end users.

In addition to providing an early look at grade factors and moisture (that are reported each year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS)), these Export Cargo Reports provide information on additional quality characteristics that are not routinely tested and reported by FGIS.

The U.S. Grains Council is committed to continuous export expansion based upon the principles of mutual benefit and increased food security through trade. We strive to be a trusted partner and a bridge between U.S. producers and international buyers.

Reliable and timely information is at the foundation of these efforts. We trust that our international partners will find the U.S. Grains Council Corn Harvest Quality and Corn Export Cargo Quality reports informative and useful, and we invite users to contact us with comments, criticisms, or questions.

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