An electronic one-stop shop to facilitate the marketing of produce and improve Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act services is now available. This new system includes PACA Search, an online function providing access to PACA license status and complaint information.
ePACA enables licensees to submit or renew license applications electronically, search license status, and file reparation complaints. It provides access, anytime from anywhere, to license information and the status of complaints. Designed for effectiveness and productivity, ePACA eliminates redundant data entry and reduces physical paper delivery, scanning and storage costs.
“With new features such as real-time online services, electronic transmission of renewal notices and license certificates, and secure online fee payment, we can provide greater efficiencies and improved service for our customers,” said AMS Administrator Bruce Summers.
The PACA Division regulates fair trading practices of produce businesses, including buyers, sellers, commission merchants, dealers and brokers within the fruit and vegetable industry.
In the past three years, USDA resolved approximately 3,350 PACA claims involving more than $63 million. Experts also assisted more than 8,000 callers with matters such as interpretation of inspection certificates, advice on contract disputes and bankruptcy payments valued at approximately $156 million.
Visit the PACA webpage for more information on the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.