The daily rush of buying, selling, and servicing customers—not to mention running your business—probably leaves little time for brushing up on the industry trading rules you’ve learned over the years.
PACA has, over many decades, helped shape the guidelines, customary practices, and rules that govern produce transactions between vendors.
The Problem: Inspection of blueberries taken four days after arrival. What now?
Proving a breach of the contract of carriage is only half the battle.
The scope of the PACA is limited. The Act does not give the USDA jurisdiction over transportation firms. But it can still help in these disputes.
What constitutes a “slight deviation” will vary, but Blue Book’s Transportation Guidelines provide a rule of thumb.
Can I withhold payment on an unrelated invoice to recoup losses on a shipment?
Following a breach of contract the injured party is entitled to be made whole.
You should see in this case that for delivered sales, untimely delivery may be grounds for rejection.
The produce industry has its fair share of terms with more than one meaning.