I received a phone call the other day from a shipper wanting to know if it is permissible for his buyer to cancel an order that was in transit since the load had not yet arrived at contract destination. After I climbed back into my chair, I explained that whether the truck has arrived, or not, is a non-issue, your buyer can not unilaterally cancel a confirmed order at any time without your consent.

On a routine basis I receive many calls from our members concerning problems on transactions on happening on a real-time basis, or after the problem has occurred and the member is endeavoring to arrive at a resolution. On many occasions the caller tells me that an inspection was secured and he/she granted the buyer protection. I always immediately ask the caller what protection means to them. Needless to say, I receive many different explanations. Therefore, I want to break down for you the two common types of Protection even though neither one is defined by the PACA regulations.

Does the aforementioned blog title have meaning to you as a shipper? Let’s say that your produce arrives at contract destination and your buyer makes a business decision to immediately ship out a portion of that load to one of his customers before requesting a USDA or CFIA inspection. Subsequently, the inspector shows up at your customer’s place of business and inspects the remaining cartons of produce. How does the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) interpret the results of a USDA inspection secured on less than the entire number of cartons shipped?

A few years ago I wrote a blog on “Produce Shippers MUST Establish a Company Credit Policy and Follow it.” When I mention a company credit culture, it means a way of doing business from top to bottom within an organization and making decisions about credit that should be looked upon as just as important as other critical initiatives that make your company successful.  After all, selling produce to companies who will pay for the purchase makes for a successful sa

One of the important ways to verify the produce loaded at shipping point is cooled to the proper temperature is to pulp the produce during the loading process of the trailer and have it witnessed by the truck driver.  After the driver witnesses the pulp temperatures of the product being loaded into the trailer, those temperatures then need to be recorded on the bill of lading and initialed by the driver. Document, document, document!

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