Sometimes, what we view as a routine sales transaction, or at least appears to be a rather basic sale, can end up getting complicated when you hit an interpretation snag at contract destination.  This can especially be true when the sales contract may be more than a simple straight load involving a standard commodity sold under an FOB no-grade contract.  However, whether a straight forward sale or one involving several commodities, sizes, varieties, it is important to make sure both you and your buyer are clear on the terms of the contract, including description of the produce items and als

Ken Gilliland

It is the responsibility of the buyer/receiver to secure a USDA inspection when it claims that the product fails to make good delivery on an FOB no grade contract, or fails to meet the contracted grade standard when sold as to a specified grade. The buyer sharing his or her passionate viewpoint of the extent of why the produce is unacceptable or providing select pictures of your produce are insufficient reasons to accept an adjustment or rejection.

Ken Gilliland

While disputes in the produce industry are rare, when they occur, we realize you need a quick answer from an experienced resource to provide you with practical guidance. For over 50 years, Western Growers has been that trusted resource that can provide you with timely answers to your questions.  With real time guidance, as well as practical insight into an ever demanding supply chain, access for you and your staff to reliable education and answers to your rights, responsibilities, and remedies can be invaluable.

Ken Gilliland

My journey with Western Growers started back on March 6, 1978, and at that time, I could not have imagined how this opportunity would shape my life. My time at Western Growers has significantly impacted how I view the world of fresh fruits and vegetables—and not just as it relates to Good Arrival Tolerances and filing PACA complaints on behalf of WG members!  I have been privileged every day that I have had the opportunity to work for Western Growers members and I am impressed with our members’ ability to deliver fresh produce to consumers on a daily basis.  

Tom Oliveri

First and foremost, I would like to wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

With the arrival of the new year, I would recommend that there is no better time than the present to take a few minutes to review all your sales documents for accuracy, especially your invoice as it relates to the PACA Trust language and payment terms.

Tom Oliveri

In my last blog I gave you the formula for “USDA Inspections: Formula for Calculating Percentages of Defects for contract compliance purposes when an inspection separates the shipment into different lots”. This blog will focus on calculating percentages of defects for contract compliance purposes when not all of the cartons (full lot) shipped are inspected at destination.

Tom Oliveri

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