General Membership Information For The Fresh Produce Association Of The Americas
Thank you for your interest in becoming an FPAA member. The Association’s bylaws require three letters of recommendation from Distributor Members of the FPAA. These letters can be submitted with your application. Upon receipt of your $1500.00 membership dues, your application will be brought before the FPAA’s Board of Directors at the next regularly scheduled meeting to be voted upon. You will be contacted with the result of that vote following the meeting.
The annual dues for Distributor Members are $1500.00. These dues are due and payable on October 1. Failure to pay annual dues by December 31 shall be just cause for expulsion.
Full Load Fee
Effective September 16, 2001, the fee for each full load crossed shall be $14.001 A “full load” is defined as any truck crossing with at least 13,607 kilograms (30,000 pounds), excluding bell peppers and eggplant. A “full load” of bell peppers and eggplant is defined as any truck crossing with at least 10,432 kilograms (23,000 pounds).
Partial Load Fee
A “partial load” is defined as any truck crossing less than 13,607 kilograms (30,000 pounds), excluding bell peppers and eggplant. A “partial load” will be calculated at $0.799 per metric ton. A “partial load” of bell pepper and eggplant will be calculated at $1.102 per metric ton.
These fees shall be billed semi-monthly and are due and payable upon receipt. Any balance exceeding 30 days shall be considered delinquent and shall be just cause for expulsion. Further, any special assessments approved by the Regular Members are due within 30 days of such billing date and failure to pay such special assessment within such time frame shall be just cause for expulsion.
The annual dues for Associate Members are $1500.002. These dues are due and payable on October 1. Failure to pay annual dues by December 31 shall be just cause for expulsion. Associate Members in good standing shall have the right to vote for up to two (2) Associate Directors as provided for in Article IX of the Bylaws of the Association (“Bylaws”).
Members' volumes and dues paid are kept under the strictest confidentiality. This information is internal and is not shared with any individual member or outside organization.
ASSIGNMENT TO CLASSIFICATION
The classification of membership shall be made at the time a member is admitted into the Association and may be changed or extended when circumstances require. An Associate Member shall become a Distributor Member provided that the Associate Member meets the criteria set forth in Article III (A) of the Bylaws and the requirements for Distributor Members. When a Distributor Member has not distributed or received for sale and distribution at least one (1) truck lot/car lot or more of fruit and/or vegetables for one (1) year prior to the Annual Membership Meeting in May, the member’s status will be changed from a Distributor to an Associate Member.
The Board of Directors shall also have the authority to establish and create divisions from within the membership of the Association composed of members who specialize in distributing a particular commodity (fruit and/or vegetable), or members from a particular geographic region or state, or in the case of the Associate Members, who provide a particular type of product, service or function within the produce industry. The Board of Directors may, by official Board policy, determine the terms and conditions of membership, powers, duties, and responsibilities of the various divisions that may be established. At the present time, the Association has established the following Divisions: Tomato, Mango, Grape and Customhouse Brokers.
1 Each full load equivalent contains a $4.00 special assessment to pay for advocacy efforts. The assessment is authorized on a yearly basis by the general membership.
2 Associate Members are billed an additional $1,000, $500, or $250 special assessment, depending on business type, to pay for expanded advocacy efforts. The assessment is authorized on a yearly basis by the general membership.