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A Good Arrival Quiz

Understanding the warranty of suitable shipping condition
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13. Carriers do not warrant that the product will make good arrival. True. An easy one. Carriers are responsible for protecting the product in their possession by, among other things, properly maintaining transit temperatures and delivering in a timely manner, but they do not warrant the product will make good arrival.

14. If the commodity in question is not listed in the Good Arrival Guide-lines, then it cannot be found to be abnormally deteriorated in breach of the warranty of suitable shipping condition. False. Although the Good Arrival Guide-lines help assess whether product is abnormally deteriorated upon arrival at contract destination, this determination is not dependent upon a good arrival standard. Since 15 percent average condition defects for a five-day trip is the most common standard, arguably this is an important reference point when assessing whether a commodity not listed in the Good Arrival Guidelines is abnormally deteriorated.

How did you do?
If you got 12 or more correct, you must be an industry veteran. If you got 10 or more correct, we’ll say you made good arrival. If you got less than 10 right, you may want to visit PACA’s training course at regulations/paca/education-training/online-course, and Blue Book’s New Hire Academy at These courses are available to members and provided at no charge. Please send questions or comments to Doug Nelson at

Doug Nelson is vice president of the Special Services department at Blue Book Services. Nelson previously worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as an attorney specializing in commercial litigation.