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Membership Update for May 2024

New Members List | Membership Change in Status 

Welcome new members!

We are pleased to welcome the following 23 new members during the month of May 2024. Here’s a list of who they are: 

15421306 CANADA INC., ON, Canada
ACH DISTRIBUTION INC. / DISTRIBUTION ACH INC., QC, Canada
AGROEXPORTADORA VERDI, SA DE CV, Sinaloa, Mexico
BRUCE HANSHAW FARMS INC. (Also d/b/a Hanshaw Sales), FL, United States
CMI ORCHARDS LLC., WA, United States
EDIBLE HARVEST FARMS CORP., FL, United States
FRESH 1 PRODUCE (Faisant également affaire sous 15882273 Canada Inc.), QC, Canada
GO GREEN CANADA EXIM LTD., ON, Canada
GOLESTAN MARKET FOOD INC. (Also d/b/a Golestan), BC, Canada
Gujarati Mart (A d/b/a of Bhaveshbhai Limbachiya), AB, Canada
J P MARKET INC. (Also d/b/a J P Market), ON, Canada
LTG GOLDEN HARVEST (A d/b/a of 10996653 Canada Inc.), ON, Canada
MORAINE ESTATE WINERY (A d/b/a of 0831517 B.C. Ltd.), BC, Canada
NEW ORIGIN FRESH TRADE CO. (A d/b/a of 15721091 Canada Inc.), ON, Canada
NISHAN TRANSPORT INC., QC, Canada
PANORAMA PACKING LTD., BC, Canada
SHETUR CORPORATION (Also d/b/a Shetur), ON, Canada
TANGO TRADING INC., BC, Canada
TOM-VER LLC. (Also d/b/a Mexfresh Produce), TX, United States
VÉGISOL INC., QC, Canada
VIVAFRESH IMPORTS INC.(Also d/b/a Vivafresh Imports), ON, Canada
VY ISLAND DISTRIBUTORS, ON, Canada
WIDE OPEN FARMS INC., ON, Canada

To view a complete list of active membersclick here.

DRC Membership Change in Status

As of May 31st, 2024 the following organizations no longer hold a DRC membership:

14130065 CANADA INC., ON, Canada
2714462 ONTARIO INC., ON, Canada
A.J. LANZAROTTA WHOLESALE FRUITS & VEGETABLES LTD., ON, Canada
A5 EXPORT SPA, Región Metropolitana, Chile
AGRICOLA PAMPA BAJA S.A.C, Arequipa, Peru
AGRICOLA PARALELO 38 SA DE CV, Sinaloa, Mexico
AGROTEAM SYSTEMS INC., BC, Canada
ALBORZ VIEW INC., ON, Canada
ALL SEASON FOOD MARKET (A d/b/a of 2755591 Ontario Inc.), ON, Canada
ALLIED NATIONAL IMPORT AND EXPORT LTD., ON, Canada
ARROW INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE INC., ON, Canada
BRADFORD & DISTRICT PRODUCE LTD., ON, Canada
CANDA SIX FORTUNE ENTERPRISE CO. LTD., BC, Canada
COGENT TRANSPORT INC., AB, Canada
DA ZHAN LTD., BC, Canada
EXPORTADORA Y COMERCIALIZADORA CALAFATE SPA, Región Metropolitana, Chile
FRANZCO INTERNATIONAL INC., ON, Canada
INTERNATIONAL GOODS TRADING (A d/b/a of 14393562 Canada Inc.), ON, Canada
K W IMPORT & EXPORT INC., ON, Canada
LES ALIMENTS PALERMO LE ROI DES FRUITS, QC, Canada
MAZT INTERNATIONAL TRADING. LTD., BC, Canada
NIFTY PRODUCE CANADA INC., BC, Canada
PACIFIC BREEZE WINERY LTD, BC, Canada
PACIFICO FOOD DISTRIBUTORS LTD., BC, Canada
PERUVIANO FOODS CANADA (A d/b/a of 2726390 Ontario Inc.), ON, Canada
PI BERRIES S.A., Región Metropolitana, Chile
TAJ INDIAN FOODS (A d/b/a of 1194383 B.C. Ltd.), BC, Canada
TRIDGE CO., LTD., Seoul, South Korea
YASHICA INTERNATIONAL INC., ON, Canada
ZAD PLANET INTERNATIONAL TRADE INC., ON, Canada

To view a complete list of inactive membersclick here.

For details regarding a change in status, don’t hesitate to connect with our Helpdesk.

About the DRC

The DRC is a non-profit membership-based organization whose core work is business-to-business commercial dispute resolution for produce. The DRC is a referee between parties when a purchase and sale do not go according to plan. Members adhere to a common set of trading standards and member responsibilities that promote fair and ethical trading for produce entering the North American marketplace. In Canada, membership in the DRC is a regulatory requirement to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., buy, sell, import, export) unless accepted by the regulations. Today, the DRC has members in 16 countries outside of North America, and membership continues to grow annually. Anyone exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada must sell to a DRC member.

In addition to the DRC’s Operating Rules and Trading Standards, the DRC offers a comprehensive, tailored suite of tools to build the knowledge and capacity of members to avoid or resolve disputes. The DRC provides education, mediation, and arbitration services, along with the ability to impose sanctions and disciplinary actions on members who do not conduct business in accordance with the terms of their membership agreement.

To date, the DRC has resolved claims in excess of $105 million dollars. Although arbitration is available, 80% of these claims have been settled in an average of 26 days through our informal consultation/mediation services. Arbitration awards are court-enforceable in countries that are signatories to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or subsequent conventions.

For more information about memberships, click here or contact our Helpdesk.

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Membership Update for April 2024

New Members List | Membership Change in Status | Automatic Terminations

Welcome new members!

We are pleased to welcome the following 20 new members during the month of April 2024. Here’s a list of who they are: 

1000832035 ONTARIO LTD., ON, Canada
ALINE PACKAGING LTD., BC, Canada
CITRUS SAM INC., ON, Canada
EL CHARRO INC., ON, Canada
FRASER VALLEY FARM MARKET INC., BC, Canada
FRESH VEGETABLES ARE S.A. DE C.V., Puebla, Mexico
FRESHFUSION IMPORT INC., ON, Canada
FROBISHER INTERNATIONAL ENTERPRISE LTD., BC, Canada
GARUDA IMPORTS & EXPORTS (A d/b/a of 11924656 Canada Corp.), ON, Canada
JINXIAN GLOBAL FOOD INC., ON, Canada
KALIGA BAZAAR (A d/b/a of 2704097 Ontario Inc.), ON, Canada
NATUS FOODS LLC (Also d/b/a Born Farms), TX, United States
OPERADORA COMERCIAL DATI S DE RL DE CV, Michoacan, Mexico
POC HOLDINGS CORPORATION (Also d/b/a POC Trading), BC, Canada
R&D INTERNATIONAL FOODS CORPORATION, ON, Canada
SHIVANI SALES INC., MB, Canada
SKOTIDAKIS GOAT FARM (A d/b/a of 1048547 Ontario Inc.), ON, Canada
SOAGRO CORP., ON, Canada
SRT TRADING LTD., BC, Canada
TAAMAY EXPORT MEXICO S.A.P. I DE C.V. (Also d/b/a TAAMAY), Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico

To view a complete list of active members, click here.

DRC Membership Change in Status

As of April 30th, 2024 the following organizations no longer hold a DRC membership:

1595645 ONTARIO INC., ON, Canada
AMIRA ENTERPRISES INC / LES ENTREPRISES AMIRA INC., QC, Canada
AVO INTEGRA SAPI DE CV, Michoacan, Mexico
BEDFORD BASIN FARMERS MARKET LTD., NS, Canada
BIMAL PATEL (Also d/b/a SBimal LLC.), CA, United States
BOKHARY FARMS LLC, MA, United States
CAPPADOCIA IMPORT TURKISH FOOD INC., AB, Canada
CARAVAN TRADERS INC., ON, Canada
FRIEDA’S, INC., CA, United States
GROUPE EDEAN LTÉE, QC, Canada
IMAN-DZ LTEE. (Also d/b/a Dattes HN), QC, Canada
J & J PRODUCE INC. (Also d/b/a J & J Family of Farms), FL, United States
JARDINS ST-LÉON GARDENS INC. (Also d/b/a St-Léon Gardens), MB, Canada
JR FRUITS (A d/b/a of 6735525 Canada Inc), QC, Canada
JUS LOOP INC. (Faisant également affaire sous LOOP Mission), QC, Canada
L.T. ENTERPRISES LTD., NB, Canada
LES FERMES YVON BOYER INC., QC, Canada
LES SAVEURS DU TERROIR, QC, Canada
MARAND COMPANY S.A.C., Lima, Peru
SAFIA FRUITS/FRUITS SAFIA (Faisant également affiare sous 93, QC, Canada
SHAHG TRADERS INC. (Also d/b/a ShahG Traders), ON, Canada
SILVA FARMS LLC., CA, United States
SUN FRESH CITRUS LLC, CA, United States
THE FUTURES EXCHANGE LTD. (Also d/b/a Greenhouse-Garlic), ON, Canada

Automatic Terminations

On April 9, 2024, FRESH EXPRESS LTD. was expelled from DRC for failure to meet their financial obligations and failure to provide requested information in violation of section 1.5 of the DRC Trading Standards and section 3.03 of the DRC By-laws. At the time of expulsion Sayed Farid Sadat (Director) was the only responsibly connected persons to this organization.

For details regarding a change in status, please contact the office.

Important note: Following membership termination, the former member remains liable for claims arising prior to their termination if the claim is submitted to DRC by way of a Notice of Dispute within nine (9) months from when the claim arose or within nine (9) months from when the claimant ought reasonably to have known of its existence.

For details regarding a change in status, don’t hesitate to connect with our Helpdesk.

To view a complete list of inactive members, click here.

About the DRC

The DRC is a non-profit membership-based organization whose core work is business-to-business commercial dispute resolution for produce. The DRC is a referee between parties when a purchase and sale do not go according to plan. Members adhere to a common set of trading standards and member responsibilities that promote fair and ethical trading for produce entering the North American marketplace. In Canada, membership in the DRC is a regulatory requirement to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., buy, sell, import, export) unless accepted by the regulations. Today, the DRC has members in 16 countries outside of North America, and membership continues to grow annually. Anyone exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada must sell to a DRC member.

In addition to the DRC’s Operating Rules and Trading Standards, the DRC offers a comprehensive, tailored suite of tools to build the knowledge and capacity of members to avoid or resolve disputes. The DRC provides education, mediation, and arbitration services, along with the ability to impose sanctions and disciplinary actions on members who do not conduct business in accordance with the terms of their membership agreement.

To date, the DRC has resolved claims in excess of $105 million dollars. Although arbitration is available, 80% of these claims have been settled in an average of 26 days through our informal consultation/mediation services. Arbitration awards are court-enforceable in countries that are signatories to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or subsequent conventions.

For more information about memberships, click here or contact our Helpdesk.

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Membership Update – March 2024

Welcome new members!

We are pleased to welcome the following 16 new members during the month of March 2024: 

ANAVARA LIMITED (Also d/b/a JusFres), BC, Canada
ARONA TRADING, SA., Lima Peru
DA PRODUCE GUYS (A d/b/a of 1710709 Ontario Inc.), ON, Canada
FALCONS GLOBAL CORPORATION, ON, Canada
FRUIT WORLD COMPANY, INC., CA, United States
GOSAL TRUCKING LTD., BC, Canada
GRUPO COMERCIAL CAMPO VERDE SAC (También haciendo negocios como Grupo Campo Verde), Lima, Peru
GUJARATI KITCHEN INC., ON, Canada
HGC (A d/b/a of 1445913 Ontario Inc.), ON, Canada
LIGHT SPEED LOGISTICS INC., AB, Canada
MALLADI HOLDINGS CORP., SK, Canada
MANGO FRESH MARKET LTD. (Also d/b/a Freshest Fruits and Vegetables / Save Way Retail), PE, Canada
OSU TROPICAL MARKET INC., ON, Canada
RIG LOGISTICS INC., AB, Canada
SHERRINGTON TRANSPORT INC., QC, Canada
SHREE SUPERMARKET INC., BC, Canada

To view a complete list of active membersclick here.

DRC Membership: Change in Status

As of March 31, 2024 the following organizations no longer hold a DRC membership:

10621692 CANADA INC., QC, Canada
AGROTRADE CORPORATION CANADA (Also d/b/a Agrotrade), AB, Canada
BEST FRESH PRODUCE INC., BC, Canada
HELLER BROS. PACKING CORP., FL, United States
HOUSE OF AVOCADO INC., ON, Canada
INTERNATURAL MARKETING INC., FL, United States
KAHKASHAN TRANSPORATION INC./ TRANSPORT KAHKASHAN INC., QC, Canada
LENDERS MULTIMEDIA INC., ON, Canada
ONEONTA TRADING CORPORATION, WA, United States
PALMAS WHOLESALE CORP., ON, Canada
ST. DAVID’S HYDROPONICS LTD., ON, Canada

Automatic Terminations:

On March 29, 2024, ALIMENTS KURAS / KURAS FOODS (A d/b/a of 122011 Canada Ltée) was expelled from the DRC for failure to meet their financial obligations and failure to provide requested information in violation of section 1.5 of the DRC Trading Standards and section 3.03 of the DRC By-laws. At the time of expulsion, Sabrina Levesque (President) was the only responsibly connected person to this organization.

Important note:

Following membership termination, the former member remains liable for claims arising prior to their termination if the claim is submitted to DRC by way of a Notice of Dispute within nine (9) months from when the claim arose or within nine (9) months from when the claimant ought reasonably to have known of its existence.

For details regarding a change in status, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the office.

To view a complete list of inactive membersclick here.

About the DRC

The DRC is a non-profit membership-based organization whose core work is business-to-business commercial dispute resolution for produce. The DRC is a referee between parties when a purchase and sale do not go according to plan. Members adhere to a common set of trading standards and member responsibilities that promote fair and ethical trading for produce entering the North American marketplace. In Canada, membership in the DRC is a regulatory requirement to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., buy, sell, import, export) unless accepted by the regulations. Today, the DRC has members in 16 countries outside of North America, and membership continues to grow annually. Anyone exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada must sell to a DRC member.

In addition to the DRC’s Operating Rules and Trading Standards, the DRC offers a comprehensive, tailored suite of tools to build the knowledge and capacity of members to avoid or resolve disputes. The DRC provides education, mediation, and arbitration services, along with the ability to impose sanctions and disciplinary actions on members who do not conduct business in accordance with the terms of their membership agreement.

To date, the DRC has resolved claims in excess of $105 million dollars. Although arbitration is available, 80% of these claims have been settled in an average of 26 days through our informal consultation/mediation services. Arbitration awards are court-enforceable in countries that are signatories to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or subsequent conventions.

For more information about memberships, click here or contact our Helpdesk.

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Dealing with a Bad Load? Your Options as a Buyer/Receiver Revealed.

As a Free on Board (FOB) buyer/receiver, it is important to understand what actions to take if you receive a product that does not meet the contract terms or DRC’s Good Arrival Guidelines. Additionally, on a FOB transaction, once the carrier picks up the product, the buyer/receiver becomes the owner of the load.

But what if you find that the product is in poor condition during unloading? You have the right to reject the load, but to maintain this right, you must immediately load the product back into the truck and request a government inspection, or if agreed upon, a private inspection.

If the inspection report confirms that the product does not comply with DRC’s Good Arrival Guidelines or contract terms, you have three options: reject the product and return it to the shipper, renegotiate the contract terms, or claim damages if they cannot agree on renegotiating the contract, and rejecting the load is not an option.

What is required when you REJECT a load?

The proper or legal act of rejection requires that you:

  • Do not divert a shipment by sending your product to a different location from the one indicated in the bill of lading (BoL).
  • Do not unload the shipment except for the purpose of inspection.
  • Give your notice of rejection within a reasonable time.

Rejecting a load requires you to follow the procedure indicated in DRC’s Trading Standards – Section 10, which states:

“2. Where a receiver has:

  1. purchased an perishable agricultural commodity that is damaged or in a deteriorated condition, or
  2. offered to handle a perishable agricultural commodity on consignment that is damaged or in a deteriorated condition, he shall:
  1. within 8 working hours, exclusive of Sundays and holidays, after receipt of notice of arrival of the shipment of a perishable agricultural commodity apply for inspection and, within three hours after he has received an oral or a written report of the result of the inspection, advise the shipper or the seller’s local representative in writing that he rejects the perishable agricultural commodity,
  2. within 24 hours of the receipt by him of a certificate in respect of the inspection forward a copy thereof to the shipper of the perishable agricultural commodity,”

What to do when ACCEPTING a load in deteriorated condition?

Remember that the ownership of the load is transferred to the buyer/receiver once the carrier picks up the product. If the inspection report confirms the product has failed to meet DRC Good Arrival Guidelines or contract terms, and you still wish to accept the load, then you can renegotiate the contract terms.

But what if you and the seller cannot agree on a price adjustment? You may negotiate other alternatives such as Repacking, Price After Sale or Consignment terms. However, if no agreement is reached, you can only claim damages.

Claiming damages is a process where the buyer/receiver must salvage the product to the best of its capabilities to minimize the loss. The responsibility is to market the product and make every reasonable effort to sell it at the best possible price and as quickly as possible. From the sales, you can deduct any expenses resulting from the breach of contract, such as freight, inspection costs, brokerage, and any other agreed-upon expenses. The most straightforward way to demonstrate damages is by presenting an account of sales.

Remember that the DRC Trading Standards are a set of rules and guidelines that apply to all transactions made by DRC members. Although members can also have their own Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), it is your responsibility to demonstrate that your clients have discussed, understood, and agreed with your SOP. Protect your business by getting familiar with and understanding the DRC Good Arrival Guidelines and Trading Standards.


For more information, contact:

Nicole MacDonald
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation
Email: [email protected]
Ph: +1-613-234-0982

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Membership Update – February 2024

Welcome new members!

We are pleased to welcome the following 15 new members during the month of February:

1 MILL ROAD WINERY LTD., BC, Canada
9311-3652 QUEBEC INC., QC, Canada
AGRILEZA CANADA INC., AB, Canada
ALIMENTS JANNA (Faisant également affaire sous 9481-022, QC, Canada
COMERCIALIZADORA TROPIEXPRESS S.A. DE C.V., Puebla, Mexico
GLYCAN FOOD LIMITED, BC, Canada
HAO FU FARM LTD., ON, Canada
MAQUIAGRO S.A. (Also d/b/a Unispice), Guatemala, Guatemala
MEDRANO PRODUCE LLC., TX, United States
MOHAMED AHMED MEGAHED MOUSA INSTITUTION, Egypt, Egypt
NOSTALGIA INC., AB, Canada
PRIMEORGANIC INC., ON, Canada
TN FRESH LTD. (Also d/b/a TN Fresh), ON, Canada
UNITED EXPORTS SALES AND MARKETING LLC., FL, United States
VISION GLOBAL GROUP LLC, NJ, United States

To view a complete list of active members, click here.

DRC Membership: change in status

As of February 29th, 2024, the following organizations no longer hold a DRC membership:

A&B TROPICAL PRODUCE, LLC FL United States
BAKER PRODUCE, INC. WA United States
Bles Seed Potatoes Ltd. AB Canada
BUON VINO MANUFACTURING INC. ON Canada
FOKA INTERNATIONAL INC. ON Canada
JA CANADA (A d/b/a of Jaime A. Aparicio) ON Canada
JEAR LOGISTICS, LLC SC United States
KOR PRODUCE (A d/b/a of Kor Services, LLC) PA United States
LES FERMES LUFA INC. / LUFA FARMS INC. QC Canada
LYMAN HUESTIS & SON INC. PE Canada
NAT FEINN & SON CA United States
NEW ERA LOGISTICS INC. OH United States
OPEN & CLOSE FOOD SERVICES (A d/b/a of John Haga AB Canada
PABLO’S PRODUCE, INC. CA United States
PANERA BREAD (BC) ULC (Also d/b/a Panera Bread) ON Canada
PISMO OCEANO VEGETABLE EXCHANGE CA United States
PRIME TROPICALS OF AMERICA LLC. TX United States
READY PAC PRODUCE, INC. CA United States
SANG YUAN ONLINE MARKET INC. BC Canada
SKYE VIEW FARMS LTD. PE Canada
TRYCE WHOLESALE CASH & CARRY LTD. AB Canada
WOLFE’S GREEN DIRT FARM (A d/b/a of Immian Ray Wolfe) BC Canada
XATLANTIC ENTERPRISES INC. ON Canada

Automatic Terminations: 

On February 19, 2024, VALLEY FIELD FOODS (A d/b/a of 9386-4171 Quebec Inc.) was expelled from DRC for failure to meet their financial obligations and failure to provide requested information in violation of section 1.5 of the DRC Trading Standards and section 3.03 of the DRC By-laws. At the time of expulsion David Bouhadana (President) was the only responsibly connected persons to this organization.

Important note:

When a membership is cancelled, the former member remains liable for any claims arising prior to the closure of their membership if the claim(s) is submitted to the DRC by way of a Notice of Dispute within nine months from when the claim arose or within nine months from when the claimant ought reasonably to have known of its existence.

For details regarding a change in status, please contact the office.

To view a complete list of inactive members, click here.


About the DRC

The DRC is a non-profit membership-based organization whose core work is business-to-business commercial dispute resolution for produce. The DRC is a referee between parties when a purchase and sale do not go according to plan. Members adhere to a common set of trading standards and member responsibilities that promote fair and ethical trading for produce entering the North American marketplace. In Canada, membership in the DRC is a regulatory requirement to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., buy, sell, import, export) unless accepted by the regulations. Today, the DRC has members in 16 countries outside of North America, and membership continues to grow annually. Anyone exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada must sell to a DRC member.

In addition to the DRC’s Operating Rules and Trading Standards, the DRC offers a comprehensive, tailored suite of tools to build the knowledge and capacity of members to avoid or resolve disputes. The DRC provides education, mediation and arbitration services along with the ability to impose sanctions and disciplinary actions towards members who do not conduct business in accordance with the terms of their membership agreement.

To date, the DRC has resolved claims in excess of $105 million dollars. Although arbitration is available, 80% of these claims have been settled in an average of 26 days through our informal consultation/mediation services. Arbitration awards are court-enforceable in countries that are signatories to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or subsequent conventions.

For more information about memberships, click here or contact our Helpdesk.

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Membership Update – January 2024

Welcome new members!

We are pleased to welcome the following 16 new members during the month of January:

15137586 CANADA INC.,  QC, Canada
9481-1676 QUEBEC INC., QC, Canada
ABDELHAFID BETTA, ON, Canada
ALICE FOODS INC., ON, Canada
ALIMENTS KURAS / KURAS FOODS (A d/b/a of 122011 Canada Ltée), QC, Canada
CH DISTRIBUTION INC., ON, Canada
EGYPTIAN CANADIAN PHOENIX LTD., ON, Canada
GRUPO ARJORAN SA DE CV, Michoacán, Mexico
HEALTHY FRESH LLC., AZ, United States
HG PRODUCE LTD., BC, Canada
MOBCHER CANADA (A d/b/a of 9397-6439 Quebec Inc.), QC, Canada
PURE FLAVOR FARMS LP, ON, Canada
ROYAL TRADE INC, ON, Canada
VANSHI FOODS LTD., BC, Canada
YUZUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT / YUZUKI FISH MARKET, ON, Canada
ZEUS PRODUCE INC., ON, Canada

To view a complete list of active members, click here.

DRC Membership: change in status

As of January 31st, 2024, the following organizations no longer hold a DRC membership:

AGROFRESH EXPORT CONSORTIUM SL, Valencia, Spain
BELLI FOODS / BELLI DISTRIBUTION (A d/b/a of 9194-3340 Quebec Inc.), QC, Canada
BLEUETS MISTASSINI LTEE, QC, Canada
DELTA FRESH SALES LLC (Also d/b/a Delta Fresh), AZ United States
DUNCAN FAMILY FARMS, LLC., AZ, United States
ECORIPE TROPICALS, INC., FL, United States
ITAL-PLUS JUICE GRAPE LTD., ON, Canada
LES ALIMENTS KIM PHAT (JARRY), QC, Canada
LLERO’S TRADING LTD., ON, Canada
LOTUS TRADE INC. / COMMERCE TRADE INC., QC, Canada
MOONSHINE MAMA’S KITCHENS LTD. (Also d/b/a Moonshine Mama’s), BC, Canada
NATURE DELIGHT INC., BC, Canada
NAVARRO PROEXPORT S.L., Valencia, Spain
OHMEX PRODUCE, ON, Canada
PULPAAMERICA (Faisant également affaire sous 9338-4097 Québec Inc.), QC, Canada
PURE HOTHOUSE FOODS INC. (Affiliated with Pure Flavor Farms LP), ON, Canada
R U P LANKA LTD. (Also d/b/a RUP), ON, Canada
SHAAN TRUCK LINES (A d/b/a of 2350936 Ontario Inc.), ON, Canada
SUN MARK FOODS LTD., ON, Canada
VIVA FRUTA PRODUCTORES S.L., Cadiz, Spain
WHYTE’S FOODS INC. / LES ALIMENTS WHYTE’S INC., QC, Canada
WINDSOR DISTRIBUTING, INC., FL, United States

To view a complete list of inactive members, click here.

Important note: The former member remains liable for claims arising prior to the closure of their membership if the claim is submitted to the DRC by way of a Notice of Dispute within nine months from when the claim arose or within nine months from when the claimant ought reasonably to have known of its existence.

About the DRC

The DRC is a non-profit membership-based organization whose core work is business-to-business commercial dispute resolution for produce. The DRC is a referee between parties when a purchase and sale do not go according to plan. Members adhere to a common set of trading standards and member responsibilities that promote fair and ethical trading for produce entering the North American marketplace. In Canada, membership in the DRC is a regulatory requirement to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., buy, sell, import, export) unless accepted by the regulations. Today, the DRC has members in 16 countries outside of North America, and membership continues to grow annually. Anyone exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada must sell to a DRC member.

In addition to the DRC’s Operating Rules and Trading Standards, the DRC offers a comprehensive, tailored suite of tools to build the knowledge and capacity of members to avoid or resolve disputes. The DRC provides education, mediation and arbitration services along with the ability to impose sanctions and disciplinary actions towards members who do not conduct business in accordance with the terms of their membership agreement.

To date, the DRC has resolved claims in excess of $105 million dollars. Although arbitration is available, 80% of these claims have been settled in an average of 26 days through our informal consultation/mediation services. Arbitration awards are court-enforceable in countries that are signatories to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or subsequent conventions.

For more information about memberships, click here or contact our Helpdesk.

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Breaking Barriers: Resolving Disputes with Non-Members

It is of utmost importance to know that in order to have direct access to DRC’s Dispute Resolution System, companies need to be members of the DRC before any dispute arises. This means that if a dispute arises between two DRC members, they are obligated to use DRC’s Dispute Resolution System to resolve the issue unless they mutually agree otherwise.

What about disputes between a DRC member and a non-member?

According to Article 3 of DRC’s Dispute Resolution Rules, these rules apply to any dispute, controversy or claim between a member and one or more non-members where the parties agree in writing to submit their dispute to DRC.

One option is for the two parties to voluntarily sign an arbitration agreement. In addition, one of these two steps must occur; the non-member can either join DRC (application + Membership fee) or pay a flat non-member access fee.

Once the arbitration agreement is signed and one of the two steps is completed by the non-member, DRC’s dispute resolution process can proceed as normal.

Another option is to include a DRC arbitration clause in a contract. An arbitration clause is commonly used in written contracts and requires the parties to resolve any disputes arising out of the contract through DRC’s arbitration process. A DRC arbitration clause allows the parties to resolve a dispute outside of the courts in a more timely and cost-effective manner. If the losing party fails to comply with the arbitrator’s decision and award, the award can be enforced in the appropriate court of law.

DRC recommends inserting the following arbitration clause into their contracts:

“Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this contract, or the breach thereof, shall be submitted to and finally settled by arbitration administered by the Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation in accordance with its published rules and procedures. Judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.”

Important things to consider when using a DRC arbitration clause in a contract:

  1. At least one of the parties needs to be a DRC member.
  2. If the non-member decides they don’t want to join DRC or pay the non-member access fee, the member can pay the non-member access fee.
  3. If there is a dispute over the validity of the contract, in order to enforce the arbitration clause, the parties would need to go to court first to have a judge decide if the contract is valid.

If you have a signed contract, which includes the DRC Arbitration clause and find yourself in a dispute, contact our office. We will guide you through the next steps to initiate the DRC’s Dispute Resolution process.

To avoid complications of having the DRC involved in a dispute, we encourage companies and their commercial partners to join the DRC prior to beginning a business relationship. If your customer becomes a member, both of you will be automatically protected in a contract dispute.

If you have any questions or comments about this article or would like to speak to a DRC representative, click here. We look forward to speaking with you. 

 

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Membership Update – December 2023

Welcome new members!

We are pleased to announce that between December 1st and 31st, 2023, the DRC welcomed the following 13 new members:

15293707 CANADA INC. | AB, Canada
ALMOCAN MÉDITERRANÉEN INC. | QC, Canada
BILL’S FRUIT MARKET INC. | ON, Canada
COMMERCE DRIM INC. | QC Canada
FRUTELLA FOR FOOD INDUSTRY S.A.E. | Giza, Egypt
GLOBAL BIO INC. | QC, Canada
IMPORTATION AVOCAN INC. (Faisant également affaire sous Avocan) | QC, Canada
INDIAN DELIBITES INC. | ON, Canada
KARIM SAGHI | QC, Canada
ONLY THE REALEST SERVICES INC. | ON, Canada
RENNIE BROS INC. | PE, Canada
TRANSPORT JUSTINT IMPORT-EXPORT INC. | QC, Canada
YOUDESSE ALIMENTS (Faisant également affaire sous 9300-3580 Québec Inc.) | QC, Canada

To view a complete list of active members, click here.

DRC Membership: change in status

As of December 31, 2023, the following organizations no longer hold a DRC membership:

AMCO PRODUCE INC. | ON, Canada
J. F. PRODUCE INC. | ON,  Canada
LAKESIDE PRODUCE INC. | ON, Canada
NATURIPE FARMS IMPORTS INC. | FL, United States
SOCIEDAD AGRICOLA SATURNO S.A. | Lima, Peru
VISION IMPORT GROUP, LLC | NJ, United States

To view a complete list of inactive members, click here.

Important note: The former member remains liable for claims arising prior to the closure of their membership if the claim is submitted to the DRC by way of a Notice of Dispute within nine months from when the claim arose or within nine months from when the claimant ought reasonably to have known of its existence.

The DRC is a non-profit membership-based organization whose core work is business-to-business commercial dispute resolution for produce. The DRC is a referee between parties when a purchase and sale do not go according to plan. Members adhere to a common set of trading standards and member responsibilities that promote fair and ethical trading for produce entering the North American marketplace. In Canada, membership in the DRC is a regulatory requirement to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., buy, sell, import, export) unless accepted by the regulations. Today, the DRC has members in 16 countries outside of North America, and membership continues to grow annually. Anyone exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada must sell to a DRC member.

In addition to the DRC’s Operating Rules and Trading Standards, the DRC offers a comprehensive, tailored suite of tools to build the knowledge and capacity of members to avoid or resolve disputes. The DRC provides education, mediation and arbitration services along with the ability to impose sanctions and disciplinary actions towards members who do not conduct business in accordance with the terms of their membership agreement.

To date, the DRC has resolved claims in excess of $105 million dollars. Although arbitration is available, 80% of these claims have been settled in an average of 26 days through our informal consultation/mediation services. Arbitration awards are court-enforceable in countries that are signatories to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or subsequent conventions.

For more information about memberships, click here or contact our Helpdesk.

 

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The DRC welcomes 14 new members in November 2023!

Welcome new members!

We are pleased to announce that between November 1st and 30th, 2023, the DRC welcomed a total of 14 new members:

15275474 CANADA INC. | ON, Canada
9481-8697 QUEBEC INC. | QC, Canada
ADEF IMPORT EXPORT (Faisant également affaire sous 9431-1289 Quebec Inc.) | QC, Canada
BY SOLUTIONS S.E.N.C. (Faisant également affaire sous By Solutions) | QC, Canada
CENTRAL FOODS AND TRADING COMPANY LIMITED | ON, Canada
ELIAS DAHER (Faisant également affaire sous Era Fruits et Legumes) | QC, Canada
FRUITS ET LEGUMES VEGIBO INC. | QC, Canada
HOFUD TRADING LTD. | ON, Canada
IEL CANADA BROKERAGE ULC (Also d/b/a Integrity Express Logistics) | ON, Canada
LES PRODUCTIONS HORTICOLES DEMERS INC. (Faisant également affaire sous Demers) | QC, Canada
PGF ORGANICS LIMITED | MB, Canada
THE INTERNATIONAL COMPANY FOR PACKING AND REFRIGERATION | El Beheira, Egypt
USINE DE CONGÉLATION DE ST-BRUNO INC. | QC, Canada
WINLAND FOODS CANADA INC. | ON, Canada

To view a complete list of active members, click here

DRC Membership Change in Status Update

As of November 30th, 2023, the following organizations no longer hold a DRC membership:

9964894 CANADA INC. | QC, Canada
AVOCAST S.P.R. DE R.L. | Nayarit, Mexico
BC PROSPERA PRODUCE LTD. | BC, Canada
COVIC INTERNATIONAL TRADING INC. | BC, Canada
CPS FRUITS & VEGETABLES INC. | QC, Canada
FRESH & CLASSY PRODUCTS INC. | ON, Canada
FRESHPACK EXPORT SALES LTD. | BC, Canada
LES FRUITS BLEUS INC. | QC, Canada
LONGFE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED | ON, Canada
M. & M. PRE-PAK SALES LTD. | NL, Canada
QUALICIOUS FOODS INC. | BC, Canada
SUNNYVILLE IMPORT LLC. | NY,  United States
TRIDGE TRADE CANADA INC. | BC, Canada

To view a complete list of inactive members, click here

Important note: Following membership termination, the former member remains liable for claims arising prior to their termination if the claim is submitted to the DRC by way of a Notice of Dispute within nine months from when the claim arose or within nine months from when the claimant ought reasonably to have known of its existence.

About the DRC

The DRC is a non-profit membership-based organization whose core work is business-to-business commercial dispute resolution for produce. The DRC is a referee between parties when a purchase and sale do not go according to plan. Members adhere to a common set of trading standards and member responsibilities that promote fair and ethical trading for produce entering the North American marketplace. In Canada, membership in the DRC is a regulatory requirement to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., buy, sell, import, export) unless accepted by the regulations. Today, the DRC has members in 16 countries outside of North America, and membership continues to grow annually. Anyone exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada must sell to a DRC member.

In addition to the DRC’s Operating Rules and Trading Standards, the DRC offers a comprehensive, tailored suite of tools to build the knowledge and capacity of members to avoid or resolve disputes. The DRC provides education, mediation and arbitration services along with the ability to impose sanctions and disciplinary actions towards members who do not conduct business in accordance with the terms of their membership agreement.

To date, the DRC has resolved claims in excess of $105 million dollars. Although arbitration is available, 80% of these claims have been settled in an average of 26 days through our informal consultation/mediation services. Arbitration awards are court-enforceable in countries that are signatories to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or subsequent conventions.

For more information about memberships, click here or contact our Helpdesk.

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The DRC welcomes sixteen new members in October 2023!

We are pleased to announce that between October 1st and 31st, 2023, the DRC welcomed a total of 16 new members:

ATOB TRADE COMPANY INC. (Also d/b/a Unborder) | CA, United States
CAN-ON IMPORTERS INC. | ON, Canada
DECAS CRANBERRY PRODUCTS, INC. | MA, United States
DELFLAND INC. (Faisant également affaire sous Delfland / Au gré des Vents) | QC, Canada
DZ FOOD DISTRIBUTION (Faisant également affaire sous 9490-2210 Québec Inc.) | QC, Canada
EXP GROUP LLC. | NJ, United States
HELLOFRESH CANADA, CHEFS PLATE and FACTOR MEALS/ REPAS FACTO | ON, Canada
MAMA EARTH ORGANICS INC. (Also d/b/a Mama Earth) | ON | Canada
MARCHÉ CASTEL (Faisant également affaire sous 9246-1144 Québec Inc.) | QC, Canada
MMK GROUP INC. | ON, Canada
NAJA IMPORT & EXPORT COMPANY INC. | ON, Canada
NEW CARROT FARMS CANADA CO. | NS, Canada
OBEID FARMS 2014 INC. | ON, Canada
PEAK PRODUCE SALES LIMITED | BC, Canada
PRODUCTION SEMBEC INC. | QC, Canada
SIMPLE PRODUCE SERVICES INC. | ON, Canada

DRC Membership Change in Status Update 

As of October 31st, 2023, the following 3 organizations no longer hold a DRC membership:

PATATES DANIEL BLAIN LTÉE | QC, Canada
TEMAK INC. (Also d/b/a Temak Trading) | ON, Canada
UBOX TRADING LTD. | BC, Canada

Important note: Following membership termination, the former member remains liable for claims arising prior to their termination if the claim is submitted to the DRC by way of a Notice of Dispute within nine months from when the claim arose or within nine months from when the claimant ought reasonably to have known of its existence.

About the DRC

The DRC is a non-profit membership-based organization whose core work is business-to-business commercial dispute resolution for produce. The DRC is a referee between parties when a purchase and sale do not go according to plan. Members adhere to a common set of trading standards and member responsibilities that promote fair and ethical trading for produce entering the North American marketplace. In Canada, membership in the DRC is a regulatory requirement to trade fresh fruits and vegetables (i.e., buy, sell, import, export) unless accepted by the regulations. Today, the DRC has members in 16 countries outside of North America, and membership continues to grow annually. Anyone exporting fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada must sell to a DRC member.

In addition to the DRC’s Operating Rules and Trading Standards, the DRC offers a comprehensive, tailored suite of tools to build the knowledge and capacity of members to avoid or resolve disputes. The DRC provides education, mediation and arbitration services along with the ability to impose sanctions and disciplinary actions towards members who do not conduct business in accordance with the terms of their membership agreement.

To date, the DRC has resolved claims in excess of $105 million dollars. Although arbitration is available, 80% of these claims have been settled in an average of 26 days through our informal consultation/mediation services. Arbitration awards are court-enforceable in countries that are signatories to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards or subsequent conventions.

For more information about memberships, click here or contact our Helpdesk

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