3.1 Tare Weights:The following table shows official tare weights for various combinations of approved wrapping materials:
OFFICIAL TARE WEIGHTS IN POUNDS FOR 2023-2024 MARKETING YEAR
|PET plastic strap2||All 6-Wire||All 8-Wire|
|Polypropylene (Woven) [Approved or Experimental]3
Polyethylene (Woven) 4
|Polyethylene (PE) Film Bagging, 5||3||4||5|
|Lightweight Woven Cotton Bagging
[Experimental, West Region/Export Only] 6
|Cotton Bagging [Fully Approved]7||4||6||7|
|Fully Restrained PET Bagging [GinFast™]8||3 (does not utilize traditional ties)|
3.2. Bag and Tie Codes: The following table shows required bag and tie codes for all approved and experimental materials.
|Type of Bagging||Position
|Type of Strap\Tie||Position
|Cotton, [Fully Approved]||C||PET (Polyester) — 6-strap||1|
|Polyethylene (Film)||P||Steel — 6-wire||2|
|Light weight cotton, [West Region/Export Only]||L||Steel — 8-wire||4|
Note to electronic warehouse receipt providers, software providers and others: EWR, Inc.’s Cotton Client Interface Manual contains two single character fields for bagging and tie codes. The manual identifies field ten as “Bagging Type” and the field occupies position 36 on the electronic warehouse receipt. The manual identifies field eleven as “Ties” and the field occupies position 37 on the electronic warehouse receipt. The The JCIBPC strongly encourages software vendors to accommodate fields for bagging and tie types in their software package updates. Gins are now required to include bag and tie codes when they send bale data to warehouses. Warehouses are required to include bag and tie codes on all warehouse receipts.
1 Wire or strapping must meet all applicable requirements in Sections 1.1. Wire ties must meet all requirements in Section 1.2.1. PET plastic strapping can be identified by its translucent or opaque green color. Such approved PET plastic materials must also meet all requirements in Section 1.2.2.
2 Includes both approved PET plastic strap and PET plastic strap in compatibility test programs.
3 Woven polypropylene can be identified by its translucent white, translucent light gold color or translucent light blue color. This category includes all patterns of polypropylene including bag and sheet combinations and spiral sewn bags. Such approved material must meet all other requirements in Section 2.2.3.
4 Woven polyethylene can be identified by its translucent natural color. Such approved material must meet all other requirements in Section 2.2.4.
5 Linear low-density or tri-extruded polyethylene film bags can be identified by their clear, light brown, light blue, or yellow tint and the words "100% linear low-density polyethylene" or "100% LLDPE" or "tri-extruded" printed on each bag. Such material must meet all other applicable requirements in Section 2.2.2.
6 Lightweight woven cotton bagging in an approved experimental test program.
7 Cotton bagging is any other knitted or woven cotton package material made from all cotton fibers. Cotton bagging must meet all other requirements for that type of bagging set forth in Section 2.2.1.
8 The tare weight for Fully Restrained PET Bagging was raised from 2 to 3 lb. in 2016. This was because the PET tape denier increased from 3200 to 3600 and the construction was modified from 8 x 8 to 10 x 8 (PET tapes per square inch).