Vineyard owners regularly face problems of outstanding accounts receivable from clients, contractors and suppliers. Smooth cash flow is critical for the ongoing operations and expansion of your winery.
Collection agencies classify the debt as “Commercial Debt” or “Consumer Debt“.
Commercial Debt: In commercial debt, the debtor is a business ( not an individual). Collection balances are higher, and settlement is attempted in a way that the business relations of two parties are not damaged. Before starting the commercial collection process, a collection agency will give you a final fees quotation after studying the complexity of your case. Collection fees charged by agencies vary from 15% to as high as 50%.
Consumer Debt: In this case, the debtor is an individual. Collection agencies are able to provide cheaper flat fees services in the form of diplomatic “Collection Letters“. A 40% contingency fees is charged if the account is transferred to a “Debt Collector” who makes Collection Calls to your debtor.
From the debt collections point of view, commercial and individual accounts treated very differently. The federal and state debt collection laws are also drastically different for each of them.
The last resort of collections is to file a Legal Suit.
It is recommended that a winery should transfer the debt to a collection agency once it is about 90 days past due. Faster you transfer a past due account to a collection agency, chances of an amicable settlement are higher.
Do not burden your untrained winery staff to engage in debt collections. Collection agencies are experts in collecting money. While you focus on the daily running and expansion of your winery, let the collection agency handle your accounts receivable in a legally-complaint manner.
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Same is true for beer and spirits producers.