One of the most confusing things about PACA is the acronym itself. PACA is the acronym for the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930. The Act and its regulations are enforced by a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Ag Marketing Service (AMS).
The PACA Division is the name given to the part of the USDA-AMS charged with implementing and enforcing the licensing, dispute resolution, and disciplinary provisions of the Act.
Many also refer to the portion of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act of 1930 which created the statutory deemed trust as PACA. This is particularly confusing as the Act contains the deemed trust provisions, but the PACA Division personnel are not involved with filing claims or enforcement of the deemed trust. Filing under the trust provision is done by claimants and enforced through the US District Courts.
How can you use PACA as part of your operations?
Questions? PACA Division personnel can help and your DRC Trading Assistance Team is available to help navigate through PACA, no matter which part of PACA you have questions about.