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.

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TLC's 48th Annual Conference

March 21-23, 2022

Orlando, Florida

Seminars will be offfered on Sunday March 20, 2022

We are GOING LIVE in 2022! Come and join other transportation and logistics professionals at the Transportation & Logistics Council’s (“TLC”) 48th Annual Conference in Orlando on March 21st through 23rd at the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld. Not only is it the best educational conference in the industry, but a great opportunity for networking at our Hospitality Suites and President’s Reception.

Here is what we are planning for 2022: Starting with the "kickoff" on Monday morning, "Life After Covid – the Aftermath”, attendees will enjoy general sessions such as "Law of The Land, Law of The Jungle", “Supply Chain Security - In the Clouds”, the popular "Transportation Attorney Panel", “Loss Prevention and Mitigation of Damage” and "Freight Claims- Questions and Answers". Then there will be choices among the intensive topical workshops such as “International Trade & Transportation”, “Transportation Insurance”, “Bills of Lading”, “Technology & Logistics”, “Broker in the Middle”, “LTL Pricing and the NMFC” and an opportunity to “Meet the Experts”.
 
The Council is assembling an impressive list of speakers and presenters for the educational sessions, including top experts and experienced practitioners who will give attendees practical information and advice that they can use in their everyday business.
 
And, for those that want an in-depth educational experience, before the Conference on Sunday, March 20th, 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.
 
These are the kind of things TLC’s Annual Conferences have focused on since it was established almost 50 years ago, and what transportation professionals really need to know about.
 
“Early Bird” Registration” is now open. 
 

 

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ARTICLES & NEWS

Suggested Procedures:  Shipper Load & Count, Shipper Seals
By: George Carl Pezold
 
We receive a lot of questions involving shipper’s seals.  Here are some recommendations and procedures for typical sealed “Shipper Load & Count” shipments (where driver is unable or not permitted to observe count and condition of the product).
 
Click here to read entire article.

 

DELAY CLAIMS
By: George Carl Pezold
 
We often get questions about delay claims and whether damages can be recovered. The simple answer is “Sometimes” but it depends on the individual facts and circumstances in each case.
 
A carrier is required by law to deliver with "reasonable dispatch". There is no question that delay can cause actual damage, and if so, such damage may be recoverable. As the Supreme Court said in New York, P. & N. R. Co. v. Peninsula Produce Exch. of Maryland, 240 U.S. 34 (1916):
 
Click here to read entire article.

 

CONCEALED DAMAGE AND SHORTAGE CLAIMS
By George Carl Pezold
 
The Basics
 
Concealed Damage or Shortage is defined as damage or shortage that is not discovered (or could not be discovered) until after the carrier has completed delivery of the goods.  It can occur in three ways: (1) the goods were already damaged or were not loaded on the truck at origin; (2) there was damage, theft, pilferage, etc. while the goods were in the possession or control of the carrier, or (3) the loss, damage or shortage occurred after the carrier had completed delivered of the goods to the consignee.  Click here to read entire article.
 
FOOD SAFETY – BROKEN OR MISSING SEALS
By George Carl Pezold
 
The Coronavirus pandemic has made us all very aware about the threat of possible exposure to contagious diseases.  Viruses, bacteria, fungus, mold and other harmful substances can be anywhere and can travel around the world.
So what about food safety?  Click here to read article
 
LTL FUEL SURCHARGES
By George Carl Pezold
 
Almost everyone that ships “LTL” (less than truckload) freight is familiar with seeing a “Fuel Surcharge” (or “FSC”) as a separate line item on their freight bills.  But, really, what are these charges and where did they come from?   Click here to read article
 
DESTINATION ACCESSORIAL CHARGES
By George Carl Pezold
 
We have been hearing complaints from shippers about being billed for destination accessorial charges such as for “liftgate” and “inside delivery” services that have not been requested or authorized and sometimes have not actually been provided.
Click here to read a recent example
 
By Air Or By Ground - Does It Matter?
Federal Express recently announced that its FedEx Express unit, which handles time-definite shipments typically moving by air, will contract with its FedEx Ground unit to deliver residential parcels as long as they meet specific operating criteria. Click here to read article.
 
Filing a Claim Against a Broker’s Surety Bond or Trust Fund 
We often get questions from carriers or others about collecting unpaid freight charges from a broker. 

All brokers are required by federal regulations (49 CFR §387.307) to obtain and file evidence of either a surety bond or trust fund in the amount of $75,000.  You can find out information about the bond or trust fund on the FMCSA Licensing and Insurance website: 

Click here to access the letter to provide detailed information to accessing the website and instructions on how to search.
 
Filing a lawsuit against a motor carrier or broker
We often get questions about how to bring a lawsuit against a motor carrier or broker that is located n another state.  The FMCSA maintains a website with a “Licensing & Insurance” section:
Click here to access the letter to provide detailed information to accessing the website and instructions on how to search.
 
ARE CLAIMS AGAINST BROKERS PREEMPTED BY FEDERAL LAW?
A recent trend which merits scrutiny by transportation claims professionals and the legal bar is the purported preemption of certain claims against brokers who arrange interstate motor carriage of goods Click here to read full article.
How to Hire a Trucking Company (or a Broker)
Trucking companies come in all sorts and sizes from little one-truck companies to giants like UPS and FedEx.  There are an estimated 790,000 companies that operate commercial motor vehicles, including private fleet and “exempt” carriers, which are registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”), of which about 240,000 are active interstate “for hire” carriers that serve the general public.  There are also about 20,000 licensed freight brokers - intermediaries that arrange for motor carrier services on behalf of shippers and receivers of freight. Click here to read the full article
Dropped Trailers" and Liability for Shortage or Damage at Destination
Many large retailers and distributors control their inbound freight.  They arrange for the transportation, have contracts with the carriers, pay the freight charges, and require their vendors to use only their designated carriers.  And often they have "drop trailer" agreements with their carriers. 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.
We often get questions about which party (the shipper or the consignee) is entitled to file a claim for freight loss or damage.  
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

Freight Claims in Plain English (4th Ed. 2009) - New Soft Cover Edition
 
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. . . .

To read the table of contents click here or to order your copies click here for an order form

 
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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LOSS PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF DAMAGES