Orlando, FL – The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is pleased to announce the release of the TIA & United Fresh Produce Association’s joint Broker-Shipper contract. This is the latest model contract offered exclusively to TIA members. All of TIA model contracts are exclusive to TIA members and can be found under the member’s only section of the TIA website.
The two organizations began working on the model agreement over six months ago with a small working group consisting of members of both organizations. On the importance of the model agreement and both organizations working together, TIA and United Fresh member Kenny Lund notes:
“Shippers and logistics companies worked together to create a model contract that is fair to both parties. Now, United Fresh Produce Association and TIA have taken it to the next level by adapting the model contract for produce transportation. Once again it is a balanced and it will save member companies time and money when they use it”
“I am very proud of the time commitment by members of both associations to put this model contract together. The level of expertise in the working groups was impressive and has led to a helpful document.”
TIA member James Lee, Vice President, Legal Affairs for Choptank Transport speaks about the importance of TIA and United Fresh Produce Association creating this model agreement:
“In today’s age, transportation contracts are a necessity. As produce is an exempt commodity, and produce transportation is unregulated per se, the importance of United Fresh Produce Association and TIA coming together to create a fair and ethical model contract to be used by both shippers and logistics providers cannot be stressed enough. I am proud to be even a small part of the membership from both organizations who contributed their time, energy, and expertise in order to make this happen.”
In addition to the TIA-United Fresh Produce Association Broker-Shipper model agreement, TIA is pleased to announce updated versions of the Co-broker, Broker-IMC, and Broker-Forwarder model agreements.
TIA Contracts Subcommittee Chairman Chip Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Bay and Bay Transportation speaks about the importance of TIA developing these model contracts.
“TIA model contracts help level the playing field for the contracting parties by eliminating over-reaching clauses commonly promoted by one side or the other while comprehensively covering all the critical contract elements. By promoting industry best practices, we help advance the professionalism and fair trade for all.”
Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA)
TIA is the professional organization of the $162 billion third party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations.