The profession of a Potato broker
There are several hypotheses on the origin of the word “broker”. It could come from the Latin verb “currere” meaning “to run”, the broker can then travel for miles to link the seller to the buyer. Another hypothesis would be the word “curare” meaning “to take care”.
National Union of Potato Brokers
A first Edict concerning brokers or couratiers is dated 1243. Until the revolution of 1789, many texts – ordinances, edicts, patent letters – bear witness to the economic importance of brokers as commercial auxiliaries. In their capacity as royal brokers, they benefit from the privilege of the exclusivity of the brokerage of goods and that of money. They act as stockbroker, marine insurer. By extension, they are entrusted with the function of interpreter and shipmaster in main French ports.
All the professional orders and in particular that of the royal brokers were abolished by the Constitutional Assembly of May 1791.
But faced with the very serious abuses resulting from this deregulation, the decree of 28 Ventôse an ix (19th March 1801) restored the brokers to their prerogatives. The government decrees published from 1801 to 1803 decided on the creation of 1009 brokerage positions, the positioning of which reflects the importance of each trading site.
The law of 18th July on the freedom of brokerage is proclaimed and the function of an accredited commodity broker (cma) is made official.
The function is specified later by the decrees of 29th April 1964 and 19th August 1994.
The law of 20th July 2011 and its decree of 30th January 2012 define the new rules and obligations of the profession and establishes the National Council of Accredited Commodity Brokers (CNCMA) as an establishment of public utility.
National Union of Potato Brokers mission
The broker is in no way a party to the contract. The broker leads the negotiation and notes the perfect agreement between parties which the broker confirms orally, then in writing. Employing discretion and an essential component in the agri-food circuit, the broker ensures market transparency.
At the request of counterparties, the broker ensures the proper execution of business and as far as possible, settling any disputes that may arise.
Contributor of ideas
Impartial witness to the contractual agreement
Contract terms Technical expert
Diplomat during the execution of contracts
The rules of the SNCPT
Regulation of the potato trade: RUCIP
As early as 1956, executives from the member countries of the European Union met to publish the first rules of the potato trade. Today, the rules and practices of the inter-European potato trade (RUCIP) are regularly updated by the members of the Europatat congress. They govern the vast majority of international trade in the marketplace.
Consult the RUCIP
Onion trade regulation: COFREUROP
and having an arbitration court capable of settling any disputes.
Consult the COFREUROP regulations