Shippers rethink USDA inspections as prices rise

01/25/2008 12:00:00 AM
Tom Karst

Compared to a potential five-figure loss on a load worth $50,000, the $250 saved on forgoing a federal inspection doesn’t seem all that much, he said.

“You don’t want to be trying to get help from a supplier and they say, ‘Where is your federal inspection?’ and you don’t have one,” Siger said.

Though rising fees are a concern, Siger said he has no complaints about the service his company receives from the USDA inspection service.

“They have always been very responsive, even working overtime, if they have to get something done for us,” he said.


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