A leading Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act attorney has created a website-based guide to PACA law.

Stephen McCarron, a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based law firm McCarron & Diess, created his PACA WebGuide to provide an easy-to-understand description of the various parts of PACA.

“For anyone in the produce business, it is essential to be familiar with PACA, the federal law regulating the produce industry,” McCarron says in the WebGuide’s introduction.

The guide is written in non-legal language, and can be used to get general information about PACA or about a particular PACA issue. It is not, however, meant to substitute for legal advice, according to McCarron.

“Problems under the PACA often need further clarification from PACA officials or an attorney,” according to the guide.

The navigation bar at the top of the WebGuide home page contains seven headings:

  • PACA: information about PACA law, the PACA Division and produce industry websites;
  • Licensing: who needs a license, obtaining a license, license renewals and license fees;
  • Prohibited Conduct: unfair trade practices under PACA and enforcement proceedings by the PACA Division;
  • The Trust: a full explanation of how the PACA trust works to obtain payment of undisputed debts
  • Disputes: resolving produce disputes in the PACA division or Canada’s Dispute Resoluction Corp.;
  • Contracts: explaining unique and recurring produce contract issues; and
  • Terms: a quick reference guide to the meaning of different produce sale terms.