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GAFTA_Approved_Fumigator_LogoGafta (The Grain and Feed Trade Association) is the international Association representing the trade and supply of agricultural commodities, animal feed materials, pulses, rice, spices and general produce worldwide.  The Gafta Standard is an independently audited scheme designed to maintain and improve the level of competence of activities related to the trade of agricultural commodities, animal feed materials, pulses, rice, spices and general produce worldwide.

It comprises three Codes of Practice:
• The Gafta Standard for Analysis and Testing
• The Gafta Standard for Fumigation
• The Gafta Standard

The Gafta Standard for Fumigation covers the management and operational procedures of the Fumigator (and his trained representatives) when carrying out the fumigation and degassing of agricultural commodities on a ship, in a store/silo or in freight containers in relation to food/feed safety. It details best practice procedures of the Fumigator within the scope of his responsibility, including the handing over of responsibility to the owner or custodian of the commodity when required.  Certification to the Gafta Standard for Fumigation is a requirement for listing a company on the Gafta Approved Register of Fumigators. Being on the Approved Register enables a fumigation company to carry out its activities under Gafta contract terms.


Summary of Changes in the New Manual

Gafta Fumigation Standard


Degesch America, Inc. is proud to be listed in the Gafta Approved Register of Fumigators 

To find out more about Gafta fumigation procedures, contact us at




DDGSIn a letter to USDA APHIS Deputy Administrator Mr. Osama El-Lissy the Director General of the Plant Protection Department, Vietnam, Mr Hoang Trung announced the decision to lift the suspension on the importation DDG from the United States. The letter states in part:

“…the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam has issued the Decision No 3566/QD-BNN-BVTV dated September 1st 2017 to resume import of DDGS from United States into Vietnam.
In order to implement the Decision, the Plant Protection Department of Vietnam (PPD) will issue phytosanitary import permits for U.S. DDGS from September Pt, 2017. The phytosanitary import permit shall be delivered by PPD to the importer. This phytosanitary import permit will be presented by the U.S exporter to APHIS to request a phytosanitary certificate.
In additional, PPD would like to inform that phosphine is accepted for treatment of DDGS, corn and wheat from the U.S before export to Vietnam, complying with the agreed treatment procedures (see the attachment). The information of fumigation including date, location of the fumigation, fumigant, duration and temperature of treatment should be specified in the phytosanitary certificate.
However, if any interception of living quarantine pest of Vietnam, PPD will apply the phytosanitary measures according to our regulations.”

Also included was a document entitled “Requirements for U.S. dried distillers grain (DDG), corn and wheat for export to Vietnam” which outlines steps to be taken. You can read the complete document here.

Grain BinsDirk Maier and Sam Cook are post-harvest engineers with the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative at Iowa State University.  Their research project, ‘Grain Operations: Fumigating stored grain in sealed silos’,  “evaluated the viability of using sealed grain silo technology to achieve successful fumigations, maintain grain quality, and control insects without building up PH3 resistance.”

The article was recently published by World Grain and noted that “With properly sealed storage silos of any size, fumigation treatments work more effectively and with substantially lower costs.”

To view the article in it’s entirety, follow this link:  World Grain

Dallas Van Lear and Lenny Tolley monitor fumigant concentrations during our most recent fumigation for Well of Hope.

Dallas Van Lear and Lenny Tolley monitor fumigant concentrations during our most recent fumigation for Well of Hope.

Periodically, Degesch America, Inc. donates  fumigation services to Well of Hope.  Among one of the many things these folks do is collect shoes and ship them to Kenya to benefit widowed women.

As stated on their website; “Well of Hope International (WOHI) Shoe Project is collecting all of the shoes that you can donate. Everything from old (but still nice) to brand new shoes are being accepted on a local basis and shipped to Kenya. Once the shoes arrive in Kenya they are used for the benefit of the widows and orphans of WOHI.  So, if you have any old shoe that are just lying around collecting dust, brand new ones that don’t fit, or if you feel led to donate your best shoes, we can guarantee that they will be put to good use”.

You can learn more about this work at the following link:  Under projects select Kenya Project then Shoe Project