Year of Pulses smashing success

Vancouver — One of the main objectives of International Year of Pulses 2016 was to increase consumption of the crops in North America, and that has happened in a big way. Based on an analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture stocks data, domestic consumption of pulses in the United States will reach 900,000 tonnes in […] Read more


India’s pulse fumigation exemption avoids penalties

Canadian pulse exports to India won’t incur higher fumigation charges. The Asian country had extended its fumigation exemption last week, saying exports leaving Canada on or before Sept.30 would not require fumigation. However, the June 29 announcement sparked concerns over possible added fees that Canadian exporters might incur because it had said pulses that were […] Read more


Columbia to expand West Coast transloading facilities

A west coast transloading and logistics company that specializes in containerized grain and pulse crops is rebuilding its facilities at the Port of Vancouver. Columbia Containers will spend approximately $26 million to build a new transloading facility on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet. Construction started earlier this month and is scheduled for completion […] Read more



Large crop may see dropin lentil exports to Turkey

Canadian markets could be squeezed further by Australia’s lentil crop, with harvest forecasts up to triple the previous two years

Turkey is poised to harvest its biggest lentil crop in a decade, which will reduce demand from Canada’s second biggest customer, according to a large importer and processor of the crop. Turkey bought $381 million of Canadian lentils in 2016, which ranks behind only India’s $523 million in imports. So it is an important market […] Read more


Pakistan’s fumigation rule threatens pulse trade

The country gave no advanced notice and hasn’t identified what pest poses a concern that requires fumigation

Just when Canada’s pulse industry got temporary relief on a trade impediment with India, a new one has cropped up with Pakistan. The new director general at Pakistan’s equivalent of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is de-manding grain shipments be fumigated at origin rather than at arrival as was done in the past. The CFIA […] Read more



India extends fumigation exemption

Canada says it can’t fumigate pulse shipments domestically, and the requirement isn’t necessary anyway

India’s three-month renewal of its fumigation waiver provides breathing room but is not the long-term answer Canada is seeking. India announced the renewal one day before the previous extension expired March 31. “It’s an important announcement because we do have Canadian, both bulk and container, shipments that are en route,” said Gordon Bacon, chief executive […] Read more


Pulse export crisis looms

A policy shift in India is jeopardizing a $1 billion export market for Canadian pulses. India’s plant quarantine directorate has announced it will not extend an exemption to its methyl bromide fumigation policy. The policy calls for all shipments of agricultural commodities to be fumigated at the country of export. The problem is that it […] Read more




Clock ticks on India’s fumigation exemption

Pulse crop exporters are getting antsy about the looming expiration of an exemption to an Indian phytosanitary policy. India has a blanket requirement that all pulse imports must be fumigated to ensure there is no presence of certain quarantine pests. The policy states that fumigation has to occur at origin. However, India has provided a […] Read more


Pulses get waiver extension

Pulse exporters are breathing a sigh of relief after India granted a last-minute extension to a phytosanitary policy waiver. India has a blanket requirement that all pulse imports must be fumigated to ensure there is no presence of certain quarantine pests. The policy states that fumigation has to occur at origin. However, India has provided […] Read more