Article III of the By-laws provides that each member shall appoint an Authorized Representative to represent it in all matters pertaining to the Association. Such Authorized Representative shall have one vote on all matters requiring balloting by members of the Association at general and special meetings of the membership. The Authorized Representative shall be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors or to serve as a Division Chairperson.
TRADITIONAL SHIPPER MEMBER - This category includes members who ship DOMESTIC fruits and vegetables.
Dues—Dues are computed at the rate of 6.75 cents per 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables shipped in the past year. Dues shall not be less than $675 and will not exceed $4,200 per year. If a member is both a shipper and a grower, he shall join as a shipper member and simply list crops grown (see page 6).
Please check all that apply to you as a Traditional Shipper Member:
*If you are a grower and a shipper, choose a shipper category and check the grower/shipper box.
IMPORT SHIPPER MEMBER - BORDER ISSUES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (BIMP) - This category includes members who ship at least 250 loads (2.5 ton truck or larger) of FOREIGN GROWN fruits and vegetables.Dues—Dues are calculated at $8/load. Dues shall not be less than $2000 (250 loads) and no greater than $10,000 (1250 loads) per year.
TEXAS GROWER MEMBER - This classification includes members who are strictly growers of fruits and/or vegetables.Dues—Grower members shall pay fifty cents ($.50) per acre of production. Dues shall be no less than $50 and no greater than $1,000.
SPECIALTY SHIPPER MEMBER - This classification includes domestic goods shippers who have less than $600,000 in gross annual sales (i.e. gift fruit shipper, fund raiser, etc.).Dues—$300 annually
ALLIED INDUSTRY MEMBER - Please check the one that applies to you as an Allied Industry Member.Dues—$750 Annually
REGULATORY/EDUCATIONAL MEMBER - This classification includes any individual employee of a regulatory agency, the Extension Service, a college, a university, a trade school, or other organization involved in education.Dues—$100 annually
MUNICIPAL/GOVERNMENT MEMBER - This classification includes any city or county government entity.Dues—$2,000 annually
Members of any classification can choose to be a part of the Shipper and/or International Trade Divisions. List an organization representative for each chosen Division. Your organization’s representative may be the same person for each chosen Division or may be a different person. Your chosen representative is eligible to serve on the Division Council. Each Division will elect a 13 member Council as defined by the Policy & Procedure Manual.
SHIPPER DIVISION—The Shipper Division will generally address matters concerning harvesting, transportation, packing, marketing, post-harvest handling and diseases, environmental concerns, grade and quality standards, insurance, taxes, finance, labor, applicable laws and regulations, packaging and unitization/palletization, as examples.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE DIVISION—The International Trade Division will primarily focus upon matters relating to the importing and exporting of fruits and vegetables as deemed necessary by BIMP members. Examples of topics that may be addressed by this Division include but are not limited to food safety and compliance issues, border inspection capacity, tariffs and duties, border crossing fees and related costs, sanitary and phytosanitary concerns, insurance, foreign country restrictions limiting ex-ports, applicable laws and regulations, transportation, packaging, marketing, NAFTA and WTO.
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