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Trading Assistance Dock to Dock: Cover purchases

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When calculating damages when a cover purchase is made, the injured party should be prepared to show the reasonableness of the cost, commodity, and pack purchased as a replacement.

Trading Assistance: Appointment times and reasonable dispatch

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The party alleging a guaranteed arrival time should be prepared to prove its allegation with clear and convincing evidence.

Trading Assistance: Proper transportation vs. suitable shipping condition

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The Problem: Breach of “good delivery” claimed against a carrier. The Solution: Recognizing that carriers are responsible for proper transportation, not suitable shipping condition.

Dock to Dock: Pallet placement and good arrival

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The Problem: Excessive bruising at destination. The Solution: Ensure product will make good arrival under normal transportation conditions.

QR codes and the uses of lettuce

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I’ve come across this fascinating and well-written piece on leafy greens from Epicurious. Although it’s a couple of years old, it’s extremely useful.

Dock to Dock: Controlling temperatures in transit

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If a carrier cannot warrant that air temperatures in the trailer will be maintained at the instructed temperature, the carrier should refuse to take the shipment.

Dock to Dock: Wrongful rejections

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The Solution: Gather all available information, communicate, and act in good faith.

Dock to Dock: Shortage claims

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Any problems at arrival should be noted on the delivery receipt with specificity.

Dock-to-Dock: Who pays detention fees?

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A carrier’s detention fees are chargeable to the party that hired the transportation service.

Who is responsible for a load at destination?

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When a wholesale receiver claims a breach by the carrier and rejects the load, it will often make sense for the carrier to encourage the receiver to sell the produce to mitigate potential losses, regardless of whether the carrier believes it is responsible for the problems with the load.