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FMCSA Update On ELD Mandate

FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)
In December of this year a new mandate goes into effect regarding electronic logging devices (ELD). Here are 3 ELD mandate issues to anticipate as identified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
  1. Short Term Rentals: If a freight company employs rental trucks, it's possible that their ELD may not be compatible with the carrier's sof

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Limiting Liability Under the Carmack Amendment

Carmack amendment When it comes to carrier success, everything hinges on the Carmack Amendment (CA). Here is a case study that reveals that the details of terms should always by framed by the CA to ensure better success in resolving a claim favorably. Excel, Inc. v Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc. (6th Cir. 2015) A broker arranged a shipment of pharmaceuticals, valued at more than $8 million, with the carrier. T

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Cargo Liability Insurance Might Save Your Company

Transporting perishable cargo, like food items, is a high liability load for a freight carrier. Can a shipper reject a load with a broken seal even if the cargo is undamaged? One case study, Oshkosh Storage Co. v Kraze Trucking, LLC (Wisconsin, 2014), might answer this question and confirm how important cargo liability insurance is for a freight company. The Circumstances Kraze was

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Benefits of partnering with an International Freight Forwarder

There are many aspects to running a freight business. It takes a team of people to ensure that all needs of the business are successfully met. For this reason, it is integral for freight companies that ship internationally to have an international freight forwarder to ensure safe delivery of transported goods. A freight forwarder will save you time and stress as it is a reliable way to transport products. What is a Freight Forwarder? A freight forwarder arranges the importing and exporting

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Advantage of using a Logistics Freight Broker over a Trucking Company

Striking a new business deal in most cases is an opportunity for growth and profitability. Additional business implies an increase in your production output, which the freight company you are using cannot handle depending on resources available. As such, you need to find a solution as soon as possible to meet client demands. The extra output requires you to find another shipper either to transport part of the cargo or the whole consignment to your customer. Options available in this case, inc

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FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) Lifts Restrictions Regarding Mexico Carriers

FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) According to a recent article from Overdrive, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has lifted a restriction that prevented Mexican carriers from leasing vehicles to U.S. carriers for use in hauling freight inside the United States. This restriction was part of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, and

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Why You Should Opt For TIA

Transportation Intermediaries Association

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Excess Cargo Insurance, an Added Measure of Protection

Cargo theft is a daily concern that affects all avenues of the shipping industry. It's a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that threatens the US economy and our national security. And, adding injury to insult, the exorbitant costs to industries is, by necessity, passed on to consumers. The result is higher prices for just about everything, and a huge gouge out of every citizen’s financial budget. Cargo is stolen from tractor-trailers, rail cars, ships, planes, and even directly from ware

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Coverage for the Future: Consider Domestic Freight Insurance

Being prepared is what running a business calls for.  The unexpected can happen at any moment and when it does, how will you respond? This is why insurance, particularly domestic freight insurance, is vital for both you and your clients. Insurance coverage for your freight may seem like a nonessential expense, yet when precious cargo, costly cargo, is lost, damaged or even stolen your business will have much more to worry about if the cargo isn't covered. Instead, be cautious and take the secur

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3PL Providers: Exercise Care in Client Promises

A court decision occurring last August should remind Third Party Logistics (3PL) providers and freight brokers to consider carefully their contractual and applied promises to customers - as 3PL Providers can be found liable for the promises that they make. Particularly in high exposure cases when a subcontracted motor carrier has minimum insurance coverage, 3PL providers must avoid the perception that they control driver and motor carrier actions. In this case, McHale v Kiswani Trucking, an I

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