U.S. Warehouses Not Complying with Mandatory Reporting

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Published: December 13, 2011
 
Updated: August 22, 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 August 19, 2016*

Warehouses Not Complying
with Mandatory Weekly Reporting Requirement

STRIKES

STATE

1

2

3

TOTAL

AL

3

1

0

4

AR

2

0

2

4

AZ-CA-NM

1

0

0

1

GA-FL

5

6

2

13

LA

1

0

1

2

MO

0

1

0

1

MS

0

1

0

1

NC

5

1

0

6

SC

2

1

0

3

TN

1

2

2

5

TX-OK-KS

4

1

2

7

VA

2

0

0

2

Number of
Warehouses

26

14

9

49

Cumulative
Strikes

26

28

27

81

REGION

Southeast

17

9

2

28

Mid-South

4

4

5

13

Southwest

4

1

2

7

West

1

0

0

1

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

*N0 approved warehouse earned a strike for failing to comply with mandatory reporting rules and NO warehouses had strikes removed. Through the second week of August, there were 337 warehouses with CSAs. 49 (14.5%) 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 "Important Links" on USDA's Farm Services Administration "Program and Services / Commodity Operations / Program Area Links" web page. The list contains the names of warehouses in violation of their Cotton Storage Agreement and includes the names of those warehouses which have been removed for failing to submit three or more weekly warehouse reports.