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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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A beginner’s guide to TIA

Chances are if you're in the freight broker industry, you're familiar with the business of 3PL's, or third-party logistics, but you may not belong to a top-notch 3PL organization like Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). Joining makes sense for 3PL professionals, and might be the best strategic decision you ever make. Consider this a beginner's guide to membership in the most trusted 3PL organization in North America: Did you know?

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Going Global with Risk Management

As with any industry, shipping and transportation will come under the challenge to design contracts with partners and clients in a way that legally avoids administrative fines and penalties. In addition to these risks there are country-specific fines affecting the business of international freight forwarding, creating a need for consistently updated knowledge regarding ocean and air freight in particular. Domestic freight companies should, under usual circumstan

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FMCSA Survey Finds No Increase in Driver Harassment When Using ELD (Electronic Logging Device)

A 2011 court ruling which questioned the possibility of increased driver harassment under the forthcoming Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate expected in 2015 was the impetus for a recently completed FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) survey. The ELD mandate will require most drivers to replace paper logs with electronic logging. In addition to calling out standards for the de

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What Has Changed? A look at one Year After Map-21 Increased The BMC-84/85 to $75,000.

It has been a little over a year since MAP-21 increased the required Freight Broker bond from a $10,000 to a $75,000 BMC 84/85 broker bond/Trust. Although, when it first was implemented, there were many naysayers, it seems the change seems to have helped the industry. Better Brokers One of the intended effects of MAP-21 was to push out those brokers who may ha

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How Does an Exoneration Clause in a Through Bill of Lading Affect Liabilities of a NVOCC (Non Vessel Owned Common Carrier) & Other Intermediaries

When an ocean carrier issues a through bill of lading for transport terminating inland in the United States, the terms of the bill of lading govern the liabilities of all parties to the transaction. This includes the rail or motor carriers performing the inland transportation. The case of Sompo Japan Insurance Company of America versus Norfolk Southern Railway brought before U.S. Court of Appeals for the 

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Transportation Intermediaries Association Questions Proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Sanitary Transportation Rule

The Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in 2011 includes provisions that will allow implementation of the 2005 Sanitary Food Transportation Act. On February 5, 2014, the FDA published the proposed requirements for the final transport regulations due March 31, 2016. Since the proposed rule would apply to shippers, receivers and carriers transporting food within the United States both by motorized and rail

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