Archive for September, 2009

Freight Claims

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The responsibility for filing a freight claim falls on the shipper. It is not the broker’s responsibility and freight brokers are normally not liable. Freight broker never take possession of the cargo. When there is damage loss a shipper should file a claim against the carrier. Trucking companies as well as freight brokers should have knowledge of freight claims, but is the shipper’s responsibility to initiate the investigation. The freight broker is only facilitator between shipper and carrier. Again broker do not need to file freight claims.
Here is a website that will help you understand the claims process
http://www.transolutionsinc.com/howtofile.html

Going Green

Friday, September 18th, 2009

It seems that every company and everybody are going green. Here are a few ideas for trucking companies to go green. In the front office a trucking company or a freight broker we accumulate a bunch of unnecessary paper. We are a small company and accumulate hundreds of pages a week. Usually from unwanted faxes, email print outs and duplicate orders being printed. This is a little trick I pick up about 15 years ago. I use these unwanted pages to make note pads. I cut the sheets in half and staple about 25 sheets together. It saves me from having to buy note pads for the office supply store. We also have a couple of trash cans where that we dump paper, cardboard and aluminum cans. I take these to my local drops site near my home. Can save the world in one day, so we take baby steps.

Freight, Difference

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Liability difference between a freight broker and freight forwarder is significantly different. Both can move inland but there liabilities differ.
Freight broker is not required to have cargo liability. Brokers do not have statutory freight claims. The never take possession of the freight. They only facilitate shipments between shipper and carrier. Freight Brokers can get by with contingent cargo liability. Under Carmack Amendment brokers are considered absent negligence in the event of loss or damage.
Freight Forwarder by law must provide cargo liability. Freight forward under is FMCSA is considered a common carrier the same as a motor carrier. Under Carmack Amendment freight forwarders are required to proper claims handling. A freight forwarder is not only covered by cargo insurance they also work diligently to resolve issues on behalf of their customers.

for more information on freight moving, contact Jose at
jose@momentumtransport.com

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Difference Between Cargo & Contingent

Friday, September 11th, 2009

There is a difference between contingent cargo and cargo liability insurance coverage. It is important to know the difference.

Contingent Cargo is protection for the freight broker not the shipper. Never assume that contingent cargo will cover your goods in the event of a claim. In the event that a trucking company determines a claim to be invalid, contingent cargo will probably not cover the claim. Contingent cargo usually only applies when the carriers cargo insurance is defunct. If a carrier refuses the claim shippers should attain counsel.

Cargo Insurance is for the protections of the cargo. Motor carrier and freight forwarders are required to carry a minimum of $100,000.00. The policy covers the trucking company if it is legally liable for the damages and other losses of the customer’s property being shipped.

Cargo Thefts

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Since the beginning of the recession cargo thefts have increased by 20 percent for trucking companies. Over the last few years thefts have been stagnate, but since 2008 they started to increase. Usually thieves focus on high value loads but since the recession this has changed. Thieves have gone back to the basics, such as food and paper products.. The American Trucking Association reports that criminals are targeting over the road trucking companies. Although thefts have been occurring nationwide a majority are on the southern corridor from California to Florida. Double digit unemployment in the southern states could a factor in the FREIGHT thefts.

for more information on freight moving, contact Jose at
jose@momentumtransport.com

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Customer Credit

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Interesting facts! 78 percent of all bad debts will come from customers that have been with your firm for 2 or more years. Every 96 seconds a company in the U.S. closes its doors. Every 60 seconds a shippers credit changes. Every 7 minutes a company declares bankruptcy. Every 4 hours ownership of company’s changes.

With these facts in mind how is your customer’s credit? Most carriers check customer credit when a new account is opened, but fail to do afterwards. A trucking company should check a shipper’s credit on a monthly basis. The report should reflect how they are paying other carriers compared to your payments. Most credit agencies also offer alerts when a customer ratings declines.

for more information on freight moving, contact Jose at
jose@momentumtransport.com

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