On September 1, 2013, Bryant Christie Inc. launched the new International Maximum Residue Level (MRL) Grower Priority Database. This database will allow US grower groups to share their crop protection MRL needs in foreign markets with both the US government and with chemical registrants. The database was funded with a Technical Assistance for Specialty Crop (TASC) grant from the US Department of Agriculture and is supported by the Minor Crop Farmer's Alliance.
Differing pesticide MRL values across nations is a growing trade barrier. Growers and shippers might use an approved crop protection product domestically and find that because of a lack of a MRL in a foreign market, the shipment is rejected costing tens of thousands of dollars. This issue has become more prevalent over the last decade as countries such as Canada, the European Union, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong have overhauled their MRL regulatory systems, often establishing new national MRL lists. Frequently these list can differ from US MRLs, which pose a challenge to exporting
The Grower Priority Database allows US grower groups to identify for governments and registrants where there are gaps between US and foreign market regulatory policies and to prioritize which needs are most critical for avoiding trade disruptions. Current markets in the database are Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and a place to share international Codex priorities. Hong Kong will be added in 2014. In addition to identifying priorities, grower groups can also provide comments as to why a certain need exists in a given market. Registrants can also respond with their own comments regarding the priorities.
The database allows growers to share their needs, allows registrants to determine which commodities are seeking foreign MRLs for their compounds, and allows the US government to determine which priorities might be shared with a foreign government when priorities are sought.
The database is located at www.mrlpriority.com.
Please contact Bryant Christie Inc. with any questions regarding the Grower Priority Database.