The PACA provides a forum where firms that buy and sell fruits and vegetables can settle commercial disputes outside of the civil court system through:
The handling fee is recoverable to the complainant if the respondent is found to have violated the PACA.
Foreign nationals, with the exception of most Canadian firms, must also post either a surety bond or a cash surety bond for double the amount of the claim in the formal complaint. The bond must be submitted along with the formal complaint and the filing fee. We have provided a sample bond form (PDF)
and a Sample Nonresident– Cash Surety Bond Agreement
to assist you in this process.