Soybeans – Chapter 20 | Official Grain Grading Guide

Export shipments

Shipments can be commercially clean or not commercially clean.

Commercially clean

No dockage is assessed on commercially clean shipments.

Samples are considered commercially clean when the sample contains 0.2% or less by weight of pods, stems, or coarse vegetable matter, including 0.1% or less of material other than whole or broken soybeans that passes through the No. 8 round-hole sieve.

In addition, in samples of commercially clean shipments, the amount of finely broken soybeans that passes through a No. 8 round-hole sieve

  • On shipments not for direct export, can be up to 0.75% by weight
  • On shipments for direct export, can be up to 1.0% by weight
Definition of commercially clean specifications for soybeans
Grade name 1 2 *3 (1+2) 4 5
Material other than broken soybeans through the #8 round hole sieve. Roughage and Hulls Total roughage, hulls and material other than broken soybeans through the #8 round hole sieve. Broken Soybeans through the #8 round hole sieve
Not direct exports Direct exports
Soybeans 1,2,3,4,5 Canada 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.75% 1.0%

Not commercially clean (NCC)

Shipments which, do not meet the definition of commercially clean, are considered not commercially clean and are allowed only with the permission of the Canadian Grain Commission. Dockage is reported to the nearest

  • 0.1% for samples representing shipments loaded from a single terminal elevator
  • 0.01% for composite samples representing shipments loaded from more than one terminal elevator
    less a deduction of up to 0.2% to take into account the buildup of attritional material and hulls for direct shipments only.

Grading

Soybeans on export are graded in accordance with primary grade standards and specifications.