When in transit temperatures may be a factor with your shipment failing to meet contract at destination, there are several key factors to review and ascertain what may have caused, or contributed to the situation. Three major components for review are: 1) pulp temperatures of the produce at origin and at time of loading,  in comparison to the pulp temperatures reflected at destination on the government inspection, 2) the portable temperature recording device placed inside the trailer at shipping point and 3) the carrier’s download of the smart reefer unit.  Today’s blog focuses on the third component, the carrier’s smart reefer download.

I have been asked on more than one occasion by WG grower/shipper members if I could provide them with a check list of questions to ask when product arrives at contract destination and there has been a USDA or CFIA inspection secured.  In other words, a document to provide a discipline to the sales staff to ask the correct questions, and determine responsibility under the terms of the sales contract.   

I am pleased to share a guest contribution from John Stenderup, Manager, Grower-Shipper Transportation Services for C.H. Robinson. Mr. Stenderup will focus his blog on what being a shipper of choice means to your company, and why it should matter to you.

As always, I’m available to answer any questions you might have and I will try to address them in my upcoming blog posts. You may contact me at 949.885.2269 or email me at TommyO@wga.com.

When your buyer is unwilling to renegotiate the original sales price with you on a shipment that fails to meet contract specifications at contract destination and he wants to keep the product, how do you determine what payment should be rendered by the buyer?  In other words, what do you do if there is no meeting of the minds on an adjustment or settlement on the shipment?  As I have pointed out in a previous blog (Buyers Do Not Have Carte Blanche When it C

If you believe a USDA inspection is incorrect and does not properly describe the condition of your produce at the contract destination, you have the right to request and obtain an Appeal USDA inspection to recertify the quality or condition of your product. When an Appeal inspection is secured it must be performed by a supervisor (USDA inspector) or two different inspectors, and never by the same inspector who performed the first inspection.

It is that time of the year when leafy greens can be exposed to field freeze conditions. USDA Market News has been reporting in Western Arizona that “Harvest delayed by ice in fields until approximately 10:00 a.m.” on green leaf crops.  I am receiving numerous calls from our members wanting to review the verbiage on their invoice that can exclude these condition defects, so I thought this would be an opportune time to review what is necessary to exclude the effects of field freeze from your sales contracts.

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