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.

45th Annual Conference - March 25-27, 2019 

                                                          

"Education for Transportation Professionals"
 
Early Bird Registration is now open don't delay in making your reservation! Believe it or not the 45th Annual Conference will be here in just six months! If you register and pay for the 2019 Annual Conference by Friday, December 21, 2018, you will receive Early Bird discounted rates. Early Bird registrants: We prefer your registration online, but you may also fill out the registration form
 
The Transportation & Logistics Council's 45th Annual Conference " Education for Transportation Professinals" is coming up soon at the Hilton Memphis Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee  March 25 - 27, 2019.  Other organizations have conventions and trade shows, but whether you are a seasoned professional or a newcomer, there is no other program that exclusively dedicates itself to providing educational opportunities to the people that actually "make the wheels go round". 

And, for those that want an in-depth educational experience, before the Conference  on Sunday, March 24th, the Council also offers three optional full-day seminars - Contracting for Transportation & Logistics Services, Freight Claims in Plain English, and Transportation, Logistics and the Law, all presented by leading transportation attorneys. 

Also being offered on Sunday is the CCP Primer Class from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. CCP Exam will be on Wednesday March 27th at 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm.  CCPAC Annual membership meeting is on Monday March 25th at 5:15 pm. Click here for details on the Seminars.

 Hotel Information for The Hilton Memphis

A direct link for attendees has been set up if you click here you can make your reservations today. Room rate is available until February 20, 2019 or until room block is sold out, whichever comes first.  Rooms fill up quickly, so don’t delay in making your hotel reservations.

Who should attend the conference?  Shippers, receiver, vendors, suppliers, 3PLs, risk managers, contract administrators, brokers, carriers, attorneys - anyone involved in transportation or logistics services....   Click here  to see a list of past attendees
 
We invite you to be an Exhibtor  - The exhibit hall will open formally on Sunday evening, March 24th with the Opening Networking Reception, to which all conference participants are invited.  Exhibitors will be provided with an eight-by-ten pipe-and-draped booth, a table, two chairs, and a company ID sign. A general services contractor (decorator) will be available to assist with any freight or additional furniture needs. Exhibits will close Wednesday afternoon, March 27th.  If interested in being an Exhbitor click here for more information.
 
Sponsorship Opportunities -  For suggested sponsorships click here to see the different levels. Sponsors names will be prominently displayed thought the conference Exhibit Hall where we will have all our breaks, outside the general session meeting rooms and you company logo will be displayed on the screens as people are entering the meeting rooms. Sponsor also receives recognition in the program book, website and our monthly newsletter following the meeting.
 
Don't just take our word for it, see what other people are saying:
 
 "This conference is critical for anyone involved in the transportation industry"
 
"Excellence Conference! It's the only conference that covers all modes of transport & deals with current issues & court cases" 
 
"Valuable resource for shipper, carriers & intermediaries alike" 

 

ARTICLES & NEWS

Legislative Update
Both the Denham Amendment (to eliminate state-imposed meal and rest breaks) and the Duncan Amendment (to establish a federal hiring standard) have passed the House and will be incorporated in its FAA legislation. Click here to read full article
Fines for Late Deliveries or Missed Appointments
Recent articles in the trade press have described “fines” that are levied by major grocers on refrigerated carriers transporting perishables for late deliveries and missed delivery appointments.  Among the retailers that have been named are three major grocery chains, Kroger, Safeway and Wal-Mart.  While it is well known that delay (and temperature abuse) can cause or contribute to spoilage or shortened shelf life, the carriers complain that often these penalties are unfair because they fail to recognize the problems that carriers run into with severe weather, bad roads, congestion and hours of service limitations. Click here to read full article.
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.  
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.
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 XI 
 
By George Carl Pezold and Raymond A. Selvaggio
 
"Transportation & Logistics - Q&A in Plain English - Book XI", is the eleventh in this series of the Transportation & Logistics Council's popular texts, and is a compilation of 275 of the most recent questions submitted to the Council's “Q&A” forum and published in the TransDigest.

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) - Text books are sold out available in CD Rom only

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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