China’s policy changes on the percentage of foreign material allowed in canola imports from Canada have been postponed until 1 September 2016, according to Real Agriculture.

In February it was reported that new tighter dockage standard, which allowed no more than 1% foreign material in the canola shipments, would be implemented on 1 April.

China was concerned that blackleg disease might be spread from Canadian shipments to its domestic canola.

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) allows a maximum of 2.5% foreign material. It told Real Agriculture that it believed there was “virtually no risk” at the current levels.

Furthermore the CGC said was it not sure that 1% foreign material is physically possible, it would be extremely costly and would cause a slowdown that would impact on more than just canola.

A Memorandum of Understanding regarding blackleg was signed by China and Canada in 2010. Part of the agreement said that canola seed exports to China could only go to approved processing facilities, in areas where rapeseed was not grown.

Real Agriculture said that the five-month delay should allow both sides to reach a long-term agreement.

Chinese scientists would be visiting Canada in the coming months to assess the blackleg risk.