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Our Commitment to the Transportation Industry

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

In 2016, we've seen several insurance companies completely cut their trucking programs. Additionally, major insurance companies are narrowing their appetite and it's putting a lot of pressure on the industry. These shifts in the industry highlight the importance of working with professionals in the trucking insurance field.

"There have been [insurance companies] entering [transportation], but not at the rate [insurance companies] have been exiting."

- Mark Plousis, VP of Underwriting at Philadelphia Insurance Co.

When searching for an insurance carrier, you want a company that is knowledgeable about the trucking industry, has been established a number of years, and is financially stable. These factors can demonstrate their ability to adequately protect you.

At Dawson Transportation Services, we are completely focused on the transportation and logistics industry. We strive to develop long-term relationships between our clients, our staff, and our insurance carriers.

As we enter 2017, the trucking insurance industry is going to continue to constrict. That being the case, motor carriers are encouraged to begin their insurance renewal process earlier than in previous years.

If you'd like to set up a meeting to go over your current program, please contact us at any time.

Changes to the NMFTA Bill of Lading

Wednesday, November 02, 2016
The National Motor Freight Traffic Association recently made headlines with its changes to the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading. We’ve received calls from brokerage companies and motor carriers alike to better understand these changes.

Most concerns are about the rewording of Section 1 (a) and the removal of the “Party in Possession” wording. Several headlines falsely stated that the liability now lies exclusively on the Designated Carrier named on the Bill of Lading. The change in wording should not diminish the liability of others involved in the transportation. [1] (i.e. Brokers are not subject to Carmack).

Additionally, the issue regarding tariffs under section 5 (a) has been raising eyebrows. Though motor carriers have not filed tariffs since 1995, they have been permitted to use tariffs that are available to shippers upon request.  These tariffs constitute the requisite notice that a limitation of liability exists.

We hope this helps resolve some of your immediate concerns regarding these chances.

If you have any questions about how this or any other legislation affects your business, please contact us at any time.


        
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