Turning PACA Compliance Into Profits for U.S. Importers and Foreign Growers
Webinar: 1 CCS Credit
While the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act sets the rules of the road for selling fresh produce within the U.S., it also has an increasingly international application as U.S. imports of fresh produce continue to expand. PACA serves as the foundation for the fair trading standards used to resolve disputes between companies buying and selling produce among the U.S., Mexico and Canada and is also being used more often by savvy foreign growers to protect themselves in dealings with U.S. importers.
This webinar gives importers and foreign growers an overview of PACA as it applies to fresh produce imports into the U.S., including the duties of each party, potential exposure and how to minimize any possible liabilities.
- whether foreign growers need a license and the advantages and disadvantages of licensed foreign growers
- duties of importers and foreign growers under PACA
- unfair conduct under PACA
- consequences of PACA violations and how importers and foreign growers can protect themselves
- the PACA trust
- PACA violation liability for business owners, CEOs and COOs
- liability under consignment agreements versus fixed price or open price agreements
- grower’s agents responsibilities
- the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods and its consequences for importers and foreign growers
Tiffany Comprés is Of Counsel to Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office.
Ms. Comprés handles cross-border transactions and disputes, with particular expertise in fresh produce and art/antiquities in international trade. Her fluency in four languages and practice experience in Italy, France and the United States uniquely situate her to help clients in these historically “handshake” businesses to protect their interests in today’s compliance-focused environment. Using pragmatic approaches to deal making while also taking the long view, she is able to assist in building relationships in industries where repeat business is essential.
Ms. Comprés has been active in the fresh produce industry for more than 20 years and has first-hand knowledge of the business as both a buyer and a seller. She is skilled at negotiating and drafting agreements for the transfer of fresh produce across borders, including distribution agreements, consignment agreements and grower’s agent agreements. She also has substantial experience with the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, which protects sellers of fresh produce to the U.S. market. She represents clients in PACA-related matters in federal court, before Department of Agriculture administrative courts and in international arbitration.