Growers, handlers and buyers of grain and cane sugar must follow trade measurement laws in business-to-business and business-to-consumer transactions.
Cane sugar and grain are traded based on quantity and quality.
You measure the quality of cane sugar and grain using specific instruments.
Chondrometers measure density. Refer to the General Certificate of Approval 4/10/0A [63KB PDF] for pattern approval requirements and test procedures.
Grain protein measuring instruments measure protein. Refer to the:
Density hydrometers measure density. Refer to the:
Polarimeters (saccharimeters) measure sugar concentration. Refer to the:
Pattern approval assesses the instrument design to ensure it is:
If you use instruments to measure mass and quality for trade, you must ensure that:
You are responsible for making sure your measuring instruments are correct at all times.
We recommend you have all your measuring instruments checked regularly by a servicing licensee. Contact the licensing team at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
NMI employs trade measurement inspectors throughout Australia. We regularly inspect measuring instruments to ensure sellers are following the correct process.
If we find you are short-measuring your customers, you could be fined up to $222,000 per offence.
Find out more about selling goods by weights and measures.
To find out more about trade measurement laws or report a suspected breach contact the trade measurement helpline:
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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