From time to time it is a good business practice for you review your pre-printed language on your company invoice to make sure it contains the necessary contract terms, conditions and disclosures.  As I have stated in past blogs, your invoice memorializes and documents your understanding of the contract negotiated between you and your customer 

A question that I often receive from our shipper members is, how long do they need to retain records before they can be destroyed?  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Market Enforcement Branch and the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) both require specific record keeping requirements under their respective regulations.

No one relishes the idea of dealing with problem shipments or claims, however these situations must be addressed head on. Unfortunately, procrastination is not a good business strategy. For this reason I continue to address in my blogs the importance of taking quick action in order to minimize any loss; and then take the appropriate steps in reviewing all valid documents to assess liability, and if, any claim exits. So please let me apologize in advance if this all sounds familiar.

When you are negotiating your sales contract with your buyer, you must disclose and negotiate any condition and quality defects exclusions which will not be a factor for determining contract compliance at destination.  Most sales contracts that Western Growers shippers enter into with their customers are either FOB or Delivered sales No Grade contracts with Good Delivery standards applying.

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