The Transportation and Logistics Council

TLC is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to serving the interests of the shipping community through education and representation in issues relating to the transportation of goods. Virtually anyone that is directly or indirectly involved in transportation, distribution, logistics, purchasing, shipping, risk management, insurance, cargo inspection and surveying, loss prevention, packaging, customer service, consulting and legal services can benefit from membership.

Got a question? Visit our Q&A Forum to get answers to your questions about loss and damage (OS&D) claims, freight charge disputes, CSA2010, transportation contracts or other transportation law issues.

Take a look at our most Recent Publications.

Fall Seminar Schedule Announced

TLC is pleased to announce the fall schedule for it's ever popular seminar series on **Freight Claims in Plain English, Contracting for Transportation & Logistics Services and Transportation, Logistics and the Law.

**Freight Claims class is completely full for both locations, Illinois and Texas

Seminars will be held Illinois in October and Texas in November. It's your choice - take all three or choose one or two of these seminars.  For further details click here.
 
Don't just take our word for it, see what other attendees have said:
 
"This was a great overview of Freight Claims and was better than I expected"
 
"I became more clear on information that I was only familiar with on the surface"
 
"This is definitely great information for small shippers"
 
"Valuable resource for all who attended"

TLC 42nd Annual Conference was a huge success thanks to all who attended, exhibited, sponsored and presented.  Mark your calendars for next years 43rd Annual Conference to be held in Henderson, Nevada March 20, 2017 - March 22, 2017 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa.


ARTICLES & NEWS

Special Report
NMFTA Changes the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading - Round Two

As previously reported, on July 14th, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), publishers of the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC), issued Supplement 2 to NMF 100-AP, effective August 13, 2016 which contained a number of changes to the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading, including the Terms and Conditions on the reverse side, as well as to the NMFC rules in Item 360 - Bills of Lading, Freight Bills and Statements of Charges. To read special report click here

Special Report -
UPDATE:  NMFTA Changes the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading 
 
On July 14th, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), publishers of the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC), issued Supplement 2 to NMF 100-AP, effective August 13, 2016.  This Supplement contains changes to the bill of lading forms - the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading, including the Terms and Conditions on the reverse side, and the Straight Bill of Lading- Short Form, as well as to the NMFC rules in Item 360 - Bills of Lading, Freight Bills and Statements of Charges.  To read the complete updated special report click here.
 
TLC Petition click here,    NASSTRAC Reply click here  and  STB Decision click here
Transportation & Logistics Council Asks STB to Suspend Changes to Uniform Straight Bill of Lading
 
On July 14th, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), publishers of the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC), issued Supplement 2 to NMF 100-AP, effective August 13, 2016.  This Supplement contains changes to the bill of lading forms - the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading, including the Terms and Conditions on the reverse side, and the Straight Bill of Lading- Short Form, as well as to the NMFC rules in Item 360 - Bills of Lading, Freight Bills and Statements of Charges.

Details of the changes to the bill of lading and the Council's analysis of their impact are set forth in TLC's Special Report - NMFTA Changes the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading on this website.

On July 29th the Council filed a Petition for Suspension and Investigation with the Surface Transportation in opposition to the proposed changes to the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading.  On August 1st, the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council, (NASSTRAC) filed its comments in support of the Council.  The filings are identified as STB Docket number ISM 35008, and complete copies are available - click here for Petition.
SPECIAL REPORT - 

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association has published changes to the Uniform Straight Bill of Lading and the legal Terms and Conditions set forth in the National Motor Freight Classification. The changes are in Supplement 2 to STB NMF 100-AP, and were issued July 14, 2016, to become effective on August 13, 2016. These changes significantly affect the liability of motor carriers for loss or damage, and will impact the ability of the shipping public to recover cargo claims.

We often get questions about which party (the shipper or the consignee) is entitled to file a claim for freight loss or damage.  
Carriers have long charged more for transporting goods to and from places that are difficult or more expensive to serve.  They have published arbitraries or surcharges for large cities to cover congestion, tolls, etc. or have higher rates for certain areas of zip codes.  But here is a new one!

TLC Comments on FMCSA Carrier Safety Fitness Rule Making Proceeding

Background:  TRUs are refrigeration systems that are powered by diesel internal combustion engines (inside the same housing) designed to control the environment of temperature-sensitive products that are transported in trucks, trailers, shipping containers, and railcars.
For some time there has been continuous debate over the use of CSA data and "BASIC" scores by the public and whether the availability of this information imposes any duty of shippers, carriers and brokers to use the data when selecting and hiring motor carriers, particularly in view of the threat of "negligent hiring" suits in the event of highway accidents.

NATIONAL MOTOR FREIGHT CLASSIFICATION - PROCEDURES GOVERNING "DUPLICATE PAYMENT" CLAIMS 

Transportation & Logistics Council letter to the Chairman of the Commodity Classification Standards Board dated May 20, 2015 regarding a 180-day time limit for the filing of "duplicate payment" claims. Click here
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ("FMCSA") has proposed new rules tp increase the minium levels of bodily injury and property damage insurance for motors carriers along with other provisions (note that this does NOT affect cargo insurance)
Fair Play Act Targets Commercial Trucking Industry -  The misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been a focal point for the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL).
FMCSA Website 

THE FMCSA HAS REDESIGNED ITS WEBSITE - MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND SOME OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY USEFUL WEBPAGES.  HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL ADDRESSES:

The Licensing and Insurance (L&I) home page is now at: 

http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/pkg_carrquery.prc_carrlist

The Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System is now at: safer.fmcsa.dot.gov

The Safety Measurement System (SMS) which shows a carrier's Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC scores) is now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/default.aspx
Imposter Theft - Can a Carrier be Liable? - Unfortunately, imposter thefts have become all too common, partly because it is all too easy for thieves to obtain information about high-value shipments and how to steal them from various sources: truck stops, load boards, rate quotes, websites, emails, insider tip, etc.
Cargo Liability of Mexican Motor Carriers - Many U.S. companies are doing business in Mexico and questions frequently arise about the liability of Mexican motor carriers for cargo loss or damage.
How to File a Freight Claim for Loss or Damage - The Council's popular information booklet on "How to File a Freight Claim for Loss or Damage" has been completely revised and updated. You may wish to print it out separately and retain it as a handy reference.
Anti-Indemnity Clauses in Transportation Contracts - Many shippers have been including broad indemnity clauses in their transportation contracts. Recent legislation could make these clauses void or unenforceable.
Those Pesky Shortages     "Shortages" are a perennial problem and it seems there is an epidemic, particularly small shortages in shipments of consumer goods to retailers. Many of these shortages are from sealed or "dropped" trailers, or shrink-wrapped pallets, and are not discovered or reported until after the truck driver leaves. . . .
Ocean Service Contracts & Service Agreements If you are an importer or exporter with a significant volume of ocean freight, you should definitely consider entering into a formal contract with the ocean carriers and/or NVOCC's that you deal with.
Broker out of Business?  Are trucking companies and/or their collection agencies seeking payment of freight invoices that you already paid to your broker?  Do you have to pay these charges . . . maybe?
 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Q&A in Plain English Books 7,8 & 9 A Compilation on CD Disk

By George Carl Pezold and Raymond A. Selvaggio

"Transportation & Logistics - Q&A in Plain English - Books 7, 8 & 9" is a compilation of the seventh, eighth and ninth books in this series of the Council's popular texts that were originally published in 2009 through 2013. Since these were about to go out of print, the Council decided to re-publish this valuable reference material in a single CD version. Read More
 

 

 

Transportation & Logistics Q & A in Plain English - Book X

by George Carl Pezold and Raymond A. Selvaggio
 
Q&A in Plain English - Book X, is the tenth in this series of the Transportation  & Logistics Council's popular texts, and is a compilation of hundreds of the most recent questions submitted to the Council's “Q&A” forum and published in the TransDigest ...Read More..

                                                                                             

Transportation & Logistics Q & A in Plain English - Book IX

by George Carl Pezold and Raymond A. Selvaggio

Book IX is the ninth in this series of the Council's popular reference materials. The new text is a compilation of recent questions submitted to the Council's "Q&A" forum by shippers, carriers and logistics professionals and published in the TransDigest, and is loaded with informative answers by George Carl Pezold and Raymond A. Selvaggio, two leading transportation attorneys         ....read more....

 

Q&A in Plain English Books IV, V & VI A Compilation on CD Disk

By George Carl Pezold and Raymond A. Selvaggio

“Q&A in Plain English – Books 4, 5 & 6” is a compilation of the fourth, fifth and sixth of the Council’s popular texts that were originally published in 2004 through 2007. Since these were about to go out of print, the Council decided to re-publish this valuable reference material in a single CD version. . . . read more. . . .

 

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Transportation & Logistics Q & A in Plain English - Book VIII

by George Carl Pezold and Raymond A. Selvaggio

This is the eighth in this series of the Council's popular texts that are based on hundreds of actual questions submitted to TLC's "Q & A" forum on the Internet, to the TLC HotLine and to the TransDigest by shippers, carriers and logistics professionals. The new text is loaded with informative answers by George Carl Pezold and Raymond A. Selvaggio, two leading transportation attorneys. . . . read more. . . .

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Shipping & Receiving in Plain English - A "Best Practices" Guide

By George Carl Pezold

Implementation of a "best practices" program, together with planning, good procedures, instruction and education of employees will help your company to avoid or mitigate many of the problems and conflicts over freight claims, freight charges, legal disputes, violation of laws or regulations and other matters that come up in the area of transportation and logistics and save money for your company. . . . read more. . . .

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Freight Claims in Plain English (4th Ed. 2009)

By George Carl Pezold and William J. Augello

Since its first publication in 1979, Freight Claims in Plain English has become "the Book" for transportation and logistics professionals throughout the country who are involved in claims for loss or damage in transit. It is used as a text for students of transportation, and as a reference for attorneys and paralegals involved in claim problems. . . . read more. . . .

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