U.S. Warehouses Not Complying with Mandatory Reporting

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Published: August 22, 2003
 
Updated: February 8, 2016
 

By close of business each Monday, USDA receives "Bales Made Available for Shipment" (BMAS) reports for the previous week from all warehouses with Cotton Storage Agreements (CSA). The following table shows non-reporting warehouses and the cumulative number of assessed strikes by state/region. The first failure to submit a weekly report results in a telephone call from USDA to the non-reporting warehouse (first strike). A second failure to submit will result in a letter of reprimand (second strike) from USDA. Failure to submit three weekly reports within a 12-month period will result in the removal of a non-reporting warehouse from the Commodity Credit Corporation List of Approved Warehouses (third strike). In order to be reinstated a warehouse operator must submit all missing cotton flow reports and pay a reinstatement fee equal to the annual contract fee.

Cumulative Flow Report for Week Ending February 5, 2016*

Warehouses Not Complying
with Mandatory Weekly Reporting Requirement

STRIKES

STATE

1

2

3

TOTAL

AL

3

0

0

3

AR

3

0

2

5

AZ-CA-NM

2

0

0

2

GA-FL

7

3

0

10

LA

1

1

0

2

MO

2

0

0

2

MS

2

1

0

3

NC

7

1

0

7

SC

2

0

1

3

TN

3

0

2

5

TX-OK-KS

5

2

2

9

VA

0

0

0

0

Number of
Warehouses

37

8

7

52

Cumulative
Strikes

37

16

21

74

REGION

Southeast

19

4

1

24

Mid-South

11

2

4

17

Southwest

5

2

2

9

West

2

0

0

2

Source: USDA-FSA Commodity Operations Division (DACO/COD)

*TWO approved warehouses earned strikes for failing to comply with mandatory reporting rules and N0 warehouses had strikes removed. Through the end of January, there were 343 warehouses with CSAs. 52 (14.6%) of those warehouses failed to submit one or more BMAS reports during the previous twelve months.

The link to the list of "Removed / Suspended / Reinstated Warehouses" is found below "Warehouse" on the right side of USDA's Farm Services Administration "Program and Services / Commodity Operations / Program Area Links" web page. The list contains the names of warehouses that were in violation of their Cotton Storage Agreement and included those warehouses which have been removed for failing to submit three or more weekly warehouse reports.