The North American Produce Transportation Working Group (NAPTWG) on Tuesday released its new North American Produce Transportation Guidelines.
The document integrates multiple existing transportation guidelines into a single set of best practices which can be used throughout North America by the carrier industry. These best practice guidelines were also agreed to by various stakeholders in the produce supply chain and were endorsed by the Blue Book and the Dispute Resolution Corp. to ensure compliance with industry trading guidelines for North America.
“The new guidelines represent an incredible volume of work by industry associations and produce organizations involved in the transport of fresh produce,” said David Dever, president and chief executive officer of Sun World International and NAPTWG chairman, in a statement. “We all know how crucial ensuring the vitality of our carrier industry is to the long-term viability of the North American produce industry and this is one tool to support that.”
Best practices are generally-accepted, informally-standard techniques, methods or processes that have proven themselves over time to accomplish given tasks. By following proper processes, checks and testing, a desired outcome can be delivered more effectively with fewer problems and unforeseen complications.
In addition, NAPTWG, which represents more than 25 produce transportation stakeholders from associations and industry groups across North America, said a "best" practice can be made better as improvements are discovered. The compilation of best practice guidelines is intended to be an evolving document to guide efficiency in produce transportation, the working group said.
“Transportation carriers are facing increasing costs and complexities today,” said David Owen, president of National Association of Small Trucking Companies. “If we don’t all play our part in assisting carriers and making produce a desirable industry to do business in, we could face shortages of carriers in the future. The guidelines should be used by all to ensure that doesn’t happen.”
The document is available free of charge to the produce industry and carriers at www.naptwg.org