The first phase of the FSMA Transportation rules kicked in on April 6, 2017. The companies that were proactive put some new procedures and policies in place. In general, the produce industry and the produce transportation industry did a fairly good job of absorbing the regulations into their operations and produce is still getting to market in a timely and efficient fashion. But there are some worries as this continues to take effect. Next year the regulations will affect even more companies and claims negotiations incorporating the new rules are starting to take shape. The “evolved” relationships of the shipper, loader, transportation broker, carrier and receiver are not that much different than they were before, however the relationships are more defined and responsibilities are more regulated. View the entire article here.