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RELEASE: pr5541-08

  • Release: 5541-08
    For Release: September 9, 2008

    CFTC Seeks Public Comment on Request by Chicago Board of Trade to Amend its Wheat Futures Contract

    Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is requesting public comment on proposed amendments submitted by the Chicago Board of Trade (CBT) to its wheat futures contract.

    The proposed amendments add new delivery territories, including shuttle train loading facilities in a 12-county area of Northwest Ohio at a 20 cent per bushel discount, barge loading facilities on the Ohio River from Cincinnati to the Mississippi River at par, and barge loading facilities on the Mississippi River below St. Louis to Memphis at a 20 cent per bushel premium. The proposed amendments establish a seasonal storage premium charge of eight cents per bushel per month from July through November (the storage premium charge will remain five cents per bushel per month at all other times). Finally, the amendments reduce the vomitoxin level for par delivery from three parts per million (ppm) to two ppm. The amendments adding delivery territories and introducing a higher seasonal premium rate will become effective for the July 2009 contract, and the new vomitoxin specification will become effective for the September 2011 contract.

    The proposed changes, according to the CBT, are intended to address concerns raised over the past two years by market participants about the wheat futures contract, especially the lack of cash/futures convergence at contract expiration.

    Comments should be received on or before October 3, 2008.

    Comments may be submitted electronically to secretary@cftc.gov. All comments will be posted on the CFTC’s website.

    Media Contacts
    Ianthe Zabel
    202-418-5080

    R. David Gary
    202-418-5085

    Last Updated: September 9, 2008

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