More than a decade ago the Chinese government established a tolerance level for selenium, but just 5 months ago began testing only Canadian and American peas.
Pulse Canada C-E-O Gordon Bacon says exports were on pace to reach 250,000 tonnes, but that flow has now slowed to a trickle.
"Instead of shipping 12 or 15 thousand tonnes in one shot, some of the Canadian exporters are shipping 10 or 20 containers and that would be 20 tonne container simply because there is no transparent or predictable process in place in China to know whether the peas will get in or not"
Pulse Canada is working with federal officials to find a solution to the situation.
Bacon says the disruption is nothing more than a non-tariff trade barrier.