Government agencies and officials rely on NAEGA as their vehicle for communicating policies and programs to the export grain industry.
Our expertise is sought after by public and private sector thought and decision leaders in international grain and oilseed markets and policy. NAEGA members actively engage as we conduct dialogue, assist in capacity building, and share information.
We work directly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program (MAP) in a joint public/private sector effort to promote exports of U.S. farm products. In addition, NAEGA engages regularly with multilateral groups on issues related to global grain and oilseed markets.
The International Grain Trade Coalition (IGTC), an international not-for-profit association, established in Switzerland, is a coalition of national and international not-for-profit trade associations, councils, and corporate stakeholders which are active in the international trade of grain, oilseeds, pulses, and derived products.
IGTC’s mission is to provide advice on the impacts of policy decisions on commercial requirements and economics of the world’s food, feed, and processing industries. NAEGA is a founding member of the IGTC and NAEGA President and CEO Gary Martin serves as the IGTC’s president.
NAEGA works closely with industry stakeholders and government to communicate the interests of its members in trade agreement negotiations.
The International Grain Trade Coalition is an unincorporated coalition of 22 national and international non-profit trade associations and councils involving more than 8,000 members who’s purpose is to convene significant expertise and representation to provide advice to governments from a global perspective on the commercial requirements and economics of the world’s food, feed and processing industries, including but not limited to implementation of the Cartegena Protocol on biosafety. NAEGA is a founding member of the IGTC and NAEGA president and CEO Gary Martin serves as the IGTC’s president.
NAEGA submits statements, questions, and requests to government and international organizations that present the NAEGA point of view on subjects related to the export of grains and oilseeds. Additionally, NAEGA publishes policy papers on key issues impacting the trade. These public documents will be made available on the in-development Policy Statements & Comments page.
Notices to the Trade are public documents issued by NAEGA to inform the industry of actions and decisions that have been made by other entities that may impact the trade of Grains and Oilseeds.
If you are interested in exporting grain from North America we recommend you investigate the websites of the American Soybean Association, The U.S. Grains Council, U.S. Wheat Associates, and the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service. These organizations maintain export and import assistance information that you might find valuable.
Additional information can be found at the websites of the North American grain export industry, also listed on the Current Members page of the Membership Section.
Publications provide information and commentary on industry issues, developments and events affecting the export grain industry.
NAEGA OUTREACH is the Association’s newsletter, usually published each week. OUTREACH is available only to NAEGA members and contains information on NAEGA Actions and Member opportunities key policy issues and related news.
The Grain and Oilseed Market Access Index (GOMAI) provides an annual analysis of grain and oilseed access in foreign markets and assists NAEGA in addressing potential trade barriers. The GOMAI covering the calendar year 2020 and editions going back to 2011 can be found through the link below.
NAEGA makes its services related to NAEGA Contracts available to everyone. These services include Arbitration, the issuance of Certificates, and information relating to strikes, riots, lockouts, and embargoes, or other conditions affecting contract performance. Please refer to the documents below or contact us for more information on NAEGA Contract services.
NAEGA maintains a model contract for FOB (Free on Board) transactions at U.S. ports. In addition, under the NAEGA contract and provisions of the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) model contract terms, a NAEGA committee investigates the merits of any application made to the Association by a shipper for the issuance of any certificate or for the furnishing of any information relating to strikes, riots, lockouts, and embargoes, or other conditions affecting his contract and to approve the issuance of certificates or cables pursuant to, and in accordance with, the rules adopted by the Association and the committee’s own rules of procedure. Following you will find:
NAEGA makes its services related to NAEGA Contracts available to everyone. Contract-related education programs, dispute resolution, and certifications are provided with guidance from our Contracts Committee.
Other committees and programs provide technical assistance to Members. Services related to Production Technology and Grades & Inspection can be found through the link below.
NAEGA, along with the National Grain & Feed Association (NGFA) maintains a U.S. Coast Guard approved Alternative Security Program (NAEGA-NGFA ASP) for grain export facilities that are subject to the facility-security requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. That law requires facilities that receive commercial vessels greater than 100-gross registered tons on international voyages such as facilities exporting bulk commodities to develop, submit and implement facility security plans meeting specific U.S. Coast Guard requirements. The NAEGA-NGFA program is tailored to, and appropriate for, the types of operations and conditions that exist at grain export elevators and provides an industry-wide approach to meeting the agency’s requirements. The NAEGA-NGFA ASP is available to members of NAEGA and the NGFA only.
NAEGA’s Plant Biotechnology Information Exchange (PBIE) website and platform are used to convey information about plant biotechnology in various stages of seed development and use to produce certain crops. The intent of the PBIE is to provide information to support trade in the crops covered by the platform. Information used to populate the PBIE includes both commercial and regulatory information from around the globe. With the evolution of plant biotechnology and disparate regulatory and commercial responses, the PBIE distinguishes between transgenic technology (sometimes referred to as conventional biotechnology) and other genetic modifications including gene editing used to breed seeds. Access is only available to NAEGA members.