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ELD Implementation and Enforcement Leading to Spike in Full Truckload and Direct LTL Prices 

Posted On 23th January 2018

Trucks The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate recently went into effect and is having an immediate impact on the trucking market.In 2015 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declared standards for ELDs.  An ELD is hardware that connects directly to the truck’s engine and logs H.O.S. – hours of service – automatically.   So unlike with a handwritten logbook, there is no way to “fudge” those hours. The goal of course is to prevent accid ...

Cubic Capacity Rule/Density Minimum Charges: Common Carrier Handling of Low Density Product on Larger Shipments 

Posted On 20th January 2018

Surpised by Capacity Rule? For any shipment over 250 cubic feet – beware – normal pricing may not apply.  The specifics vary depending on which common carrier you are at the mercy of, and are outlined in the carrier’s tariff.  The tariff is the de-facto contract between carriers and their customers, and even though customers do not necessarily sign it, it has been upheld in courts as binding! Some carriers invoke their cubic capacity rule at 250 cubic feet, others at 500 – depending ...

LTL Cargo Liability for Common Carrier Shipments and Importance of Insurance 

Posted On 3rd November 2017

Freight Insurance Have you ever read the Tariff of the Common Carrier you have chosen to use?  An attorney would tell you that you are flying blind if you have not.  In that Tariff are so many rules, little known rules that shift the legal responsibility for the shipment to the shipper and freight payer.   There are many Tariff Rules that are completely counterintuitive and basically say, if you give the common carrier a shipment that is too large, they can charge you double, triple or quadrup ...

Old Dominion LTL, Virginia Based Carrier, a Success Story 

Posted On 5th October 2017

One can learn a lot about the history of transportation and the country from the corporate history of Old Dominion Freight Lines.  Today, Old Dominion is a 20,000-employee strong, East Coast based powerhouse common carrier.It started in 1934 when the founding family, Earl and Lillian Congdon, ran a single truck from Richmond to Norfolk, Virginia.  In 1935, Old Dominion received the coveted authority from the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to transport general commodities with no ...

Responsibilities of the Receiver 

Posted On 2nd October 2017

Damaged Freight Remember to carefully inspect your freight first before signing the delivery receipt!Because of recent developments in the Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) industry, great responsibility has been placed on you, the recipient, when you receive the freight.  You should thoroughly inspect all sides of the freight for holes in the box or packaging that could have been created by the tines of a forklift.  You should look for any signs that the carrier repacked the freight.  Count the number o ...