7 CFR 1427.1082 - Basic standards.
(a) Unless otherwise provided in this subpart, each warehouseman and each of the warehouses owned or operated by such warehouseman for which CCC approval is sought for the storage or handling of CCC-owned or -loan commodities must meet the following standards:
(1) The warehouseman must:
(i) Be an individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity engaged in the business of storing or handling for hire, or both, the applicable commodity. The warehouseman, if a corporation, must be authorized by its charter to engage in such business,
(iii) Have a net worth which is the greater of $25,000 or the amount which results from multiplying the maximum storage capacity of the warehouse (the total number of bales of cotton or cotton linters which the warehouse can accommodate when stored in the customary manner) times ten (10) dollars per bale. The net worth need not exceed $250,000. If the calculated net worth exceeds $25,000, the warehouseman may satisfy any deficiency in net worth between the $25,000 minimum requirement and such calculated net worth by furnishing bond (or acceptable substitute security) meeting the requirements of § 1427.1083,
(iv) Have available sufficient funds to meet ordinary operating expenses,
(vi) Maintain accurate and complete inventory and operating records,
(viii) Have available at the warehouse adequate and operable firefighting equipment for the type of warehouse and applicable stored commodity, and
(ix) Have a work force and equipment available to provide adequate storage and handling service.
(2) The warehouseman, officials, or supervisory employees of the warehouseman in charge of the warehouse operation must have the necessary experience, organization, technical qualifications, and skills in the warehousing business regarding the applicable commodities to enable them to provide proper storage and handling services.
(3) Warehouseman, officials and each of the supervisory employees of the warehouseman in charge of the warehouse operation must:
(i) Have a satisfactory record of integrity, judgment, and performance, and
(4) The warehouse must:
(i) Be of sound construction, in good state of repair, and adequately equipped to receive, handle, store, preserve, and deliver the applicable commodity,
(ii) Be under the control of the contracting warehouseman at all times, and
(iii) Not be subject to greater than normal risk of fire, flood, or other hazards.