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The Transportation & Logistics Council

Dedicated to serving the interests of the shipping community

Upcoming virtual workshops

New Virtual Workshops for 2024

July 17, 2024

Cross-Border Shipments – Canada & Mexico

August 28, 2024

Claims and Loss Prevention – Presented by CCPAC,Certified Claims Professional Accreditation Council

See below for past workshop videos

International Trade Alert ! – Selling, Sourcing & Shipping in 2024

For years we have been seeing “Made in China” labels on all sorts of goods, but things are changing. Political, environmental, social and labor conditions, quotas, tariffs and duties, as well as rising costs for shipping are causing importers to look elsewhere. And American manufacturers and producers would like to sell “Made in the U.S.A.” products and intellectual property in foreign markets, but often run into complicated restrictions. 

If you have any involvement at all in international trade, exporting, or importing you don’t want to miss this TLC virtual workshop and learn about:

  • The new White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience
  • Legal characteristics and the role of the entities involved
  • Contracting for ocean shipping in 2024
  • The “de minimis rule” for imports.
  • Export issues and sanctions – Avoiding fines & penalties
  • Reversal of US support for liberal digital trade policies
  • Proposed “Manifest Modernization Act” and “Foreign Pollution Fee Act”
  • Impact of increased “blank sailings”
  • Preparing for more labor strife in 2024
  • Global warming impact on Panama Canal shipping

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Food & Produce claims: What Makes Them Different?

Freight claims involving items and materials intended for human consumption and related products typically involve a myriad of different laws, regulations and practices. Our panel of experts will cover loss and damage claims for processed food items, fresh fruits and vegetables and food-related items such as containers and packaging materials. Topics include problems relating to temperature controlled shipments, missing or broken seals upon delivery, unexplained breaks in the chain of custody, exposure of food and related products to possible adulteration or contamination by foreign substances and salvage.

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FREIGHT CHARGES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Freight charges may be “buried” in your cost of sales, but they can make a significant difference in your bottom line.  Many large and sophisticated shippers negotiate formal contracts with their rates and discounts, but others usually get a rate – over the phone or in an email – from a carrier or broker.  Unfortunately, few people really understand the basics of carrier pricing.

In this Virtual Workshop subject matter experts will explain:

  • LTL (Less than truckload) Class rates, NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification) classes and base rate tariffs
  • Proprietary products, CzarLite
  • Recent changes to the NMFC
  • FAK (freight all kinds) rates
  • Dimensional pricing, dynamic pricing for LTL shipments
  • Truck Load rates – point to point, mileage
  • Spot or quoted rates-is there a catch to watch out for?
  • Accessorial charges and surcharges—their impact on total cost
  • The relationship of rates to carrier liability—does a low rate have a hidden cost?  

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Freight Claims: Back to the Basics

In this CCPAC and TL&C Virtual Workshop a team of Certified Claims Professionals will provide practical advice for anyone who deals with claims for loss and damage. The workshop is designed to provide a broad overview of the claims process.  This is a unique opportunity to see a panel of freight claims experts discussing many of the topics that are found in the landmark text, Freight Claims in Plain English (4th Ed.).

Topics will include:

  • Freight claims fundamentals: what is a freight claim, the Carmack Amendment, preparation and filing of claims, burdens of proof,
  • Claim Investigation and timelines: how to investigate, who to file against, time limits and concealed damage,
  • Carrier’s claim defenses: unpaid freight bills, “clean” bill of lading or delivery receipt, insufficient packaging, improper documentation, measure of damages – invoice value or manufacturers cost.

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Transportation Insurance & Risk Management

Insurance policies come in many sizes, shapes and colors, but they only have one thing in common – expensive premiums. Have you ever examined the real risks from accidents, theft, freight loss or damage or other events that could interrupt your supply chain and your business? Have you ever read through your insurance policies to see whether they really address those risks? All too often people don’t do this and there can be serious surprises and consequences. The panel of experts will explain the different insurance products that are available, what they cover and what they don’t and give their suggestions as to what coverage you may need and require from your service providers to protect your interests.

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CYBERSECURITY IN TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS

Cyber risk is a major concern in the transportation and logistics space. This workshop will include an overview of the most common cyber-attacks seen in the transportation space, an overview of the costs associated with a cyber incident, key terms and technologies, and real-world best practices that can be put in place immediately to help reduce cyber risk exposure to organizations.

The presenter will also discuss how cybersecurity can be included in the due diligence phase to help reduce third-party risk.

Supply Chain Security

Why should you be worried about security?  Transportation theft, pilferage and other events that disrupt the supply chain cost shippers and carriers millions of dollars every year.  Leading experts will discuss:

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Cargo Theft: the scope of the big problem that’s discussed too little
  • Analysis and identification of the threats, risks and vulnerabilities
  • Selection of the right processes, procedures and protections
  • Technologies for securing premises and cargo
  • Protection against fictitious pick-ups, identity theft and cyber theft
  • Role of law enforcement
 

Freight Claims Q&A VI

By popular demand the Transportation & Logistics Council will be presenting another Freight Claims Q&A. Our panel of subject matter experts will once again tackle the day-to-day tough situations faced by transportation and claims professionals.

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Transportation Insurance – What You Need to Know

Insurance policies comes in many sizes, shapes and colors, but they only have one thing in common – expensive premiums.  Have you ever examined the real risks from accidents, theft, freight loss or damage that could hurt your business?  Have you ever read through your insurance policies to see whether they really address those risks?  

This workshop will cover:

  • Transportation insurance basics and definitions
  • Motor carrier and surface freight forwarder insurance
  • Freight broker and 3PL insurance
  • Shipper interest insurance

Experts will explain the kinds of insurance products that are available, what they cover and what they don’t, and give their recommendations as to what coverage you need to have and require from your service providers to protect your interests.

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Freight Charges – What You Need to Know

Some of the most common disputes among shippers, brokers and carriers involve freight charges, but few people understand the laws, regulations and basic principles that govern the responsibility and liability for payment of transportation services. Panelists will discuss the bill of lading terms (prepaid, collect, bill to third party), issues when freight forwarders, brokers or 3PL’s are involved – the “double payment” problem, time limits for disputed claims, freight pre-audit, post-audit and payment services, and legal liability of shippers, consignees and intermediaries. 

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Intermodal Transportation – What You Need to Know

Have you ever watched a train go by that is over a mile long with and carries over 100 trailers or containers? A major portion of the nation’s freight moves just this way every day. Intermodal movements not only involve multiple parties, but are subject to laws, rules, practices and liabilities that are different from over-the-road trucking. Panelists will give an overview of the intermodal industry, the role of motor carriers, railroads, drayage agents, intermodal marketing companies and other intermediaries, and subjects like liability for cargo loss and damage.
 

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Cross-Border Shipments – What You Need to Know

Canada and Mexico are our largest trading partners and thousands of cross-border shipments move every day. This workshop will cover the differences between the laws and regulations governing shipments to and from our neighbors as well as the practices and procedures that you need to know to ensure an efficient supply chain for these goods and avoid potential problems. Panelists will cover cargo liability under U.S., Canadian and Mexican law and bills of lading, the rules governing Canadian and Mexican carriers operating in the U.S., and discuss subjects like cargo insurance, documentation and customs duties.

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Motor Carrier Freight Claims – What You Need To Know

Freight loss and damage costs both shippers and carriers millions of dollars every year. Even though the great majority of shipments arrive in time and in good order and condition, shippers need to know what to do when something happens. This workshop will focus on:
  •  What are the first steps?
  •  What are the requirements for filing a claim?
  •  What are the critical legal issues?

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FREIGHT CLAIMS Q&A – 2022

  • The session will focus on the following questions:
    • How does one investigate the facts of a claim?
    • How does one determine the responsible party?
    • How does one prepare a claim?
    • What is the measure of damages for a claim?
    • How does one negotiate and settle a claim?

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BILLS OF LADING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Bills of Lading have been used for the transportation of goods for centuries. In the absence of some other formal transportation agreement, the Bill of Lading, is the “Contract of Carriage” and governs the legal relationship between the shipper and the carrier. Yet few people that use them rarely even look at them or really understand how important they are.

Every mode of transport has its own different versions of bills of lading – truck, ocean, air and intermodal. Three leading attorneys will give you a “tour” of typical bills of lading for each mode, What they look like and how they should be used. They will explain how the “contract of carriage”, together with the applicable laws, treaties and tariffs, govern carrier liability and some of the ”traps and pitfalls” for the unwary user.

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FREIGHT CLAIMS Q&A – ROUND 3

This TLC Virtual Workshop was focused on one of the most controversial issues with which claims professionals have to deal – limitations on a carrier’s liability for loss and damage to cargo.  

  • What are liability limitations and how do carriers limit their liability?
  • What are the differences between domestic, international and cross-border shipments with Mexico and Canada?
  • How and when do motor carrier and surface freight forwarder liability limits apply?
  • How and when do air carrier and air freight forwarder liability limits apply?
  • How and when do ocean carrier and NVOCC liability limits apply?
  • What can be the consequences if a broker or intermediary makes the arrangements?

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Capacity Crunch – Exploring Solutions

The Capacity Crunch is with us and it is impacting all modes – truck, rail, intermodal, parcel, air and ocean.  This TLC Virtual Workshop will address how it is affecting domestic and international commerce and will focus on exploring possible solutions to get your freight moving. We will also take a look at how State and Federal actions are helping (or NOT helping) the situation.
Bill Cassidy, Senior Editor of The Journal of Commerce, will moderate a panel of experts representing a major motor carrier, a third-party logistics provider, an international importer and an intermodal marketing company.
 

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FREIGHT CLAIMS Q&A – ROUND 2

As a follow up to the Council’s Special Edition Virtual Workshop “Freight Claims – Questions & Answers on January 27th the panel of experts will tackle some of the “Tough Questions” that claims professionals have to deal with, including:           
•            SL&C – Dropped Trailers
•            Delay & Special Damages
•            What is “Actual Loss”
•            Paperless & No-Touch Deliveries
•            Food Security – Broken or Missing Seals
•            Reefer Shipments.

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LTL Pricing – What You Need to Know!
Density, Dimensional or Classification?

The LTL trucking industry continues to move toward new pricing methodologies. Major LTL carriers have instituted dimensional weight or density-related pricing. The NMFC continues to reclassify more articles with density-based classifications. Don Newell, a leading expert, will explain how these pricing methods work, their potential impact on freight rates and charges, and what shippers need to know to avoid surprises when the freight bill arrives.
What will you learn?
  • Tech advances that support density-based initiatives
  • Where dimensional pricing stands and where might it be going
  • How the NMFC is changing and how that will impact LTL rates

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TRUCKERS INSURANCE BEHIND THE SCENES

As a follow up to the Council’s Special Edition Virtual Workshop “Transportation Insurance – What You Need to Know” on May 19th this Virtual Workshop will answer questions like: “Why can’t I get insurance?” and “Why are my premiums so high?”
 

Behind the scenes – and for over 85 years Central Analysis Bureau has gathered, analyzed and provided the data and information used by most all of the nation’s insurers and underwriters to assess the risks when writing polices and determine the premiums charged to motor carriers and transportation service providers. Jean Gardner, CEO and Chad Krueger, Sr. VP of CAB will explain where this data comes from, how insurers and underwriters may use it, and how you can benefit by understanding what impacts risk assessment in this volatile market.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BROKERS

As a follow up to the Council’s Special Edition Virtual Workshop “Transportation Insurance – What You Need to Know” on May 19th this Virtual Workshop will answer questions like: “Why can’t I get insurance?” and “Why are my premiums so high?”
 

Behind the scenes – and for over 85 years Central Analysis Bureau has gathered, analyzed and provided the data and information used by most all of the nation’s insurers and underwriters to assess the risks when writing policies and determine the premiums charged to motor carriers and transportation service providers. Jean Gardner, CEO and Chad Krueger, Sr. VP of CAB will explain where this data comes from, how insurers and underwriters may use it, and how you can benefit by understanding what impacts risk assessment in this volatile market.

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TRANSPORTATION INSURANCE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

Most everybody has homeowners, auto liability or health insurance, but few have ever even looked at the policy – until something happens like a tree falling on your house. Unfortunately the same is true for transportation insurance, and often there are surprises.
This 2-hour Special Edition Virtual Workshop on May 19, 2021 at 1:00pm EST is all about Transportation Insurance and will cover three areas:

• Transportation insurance basics and definitions
• Motor carrier insurance
• Freight broker and 3PL insurance

The panel of leading experts will explain the kinds of insurance products that are available, what they cover and what they don’t, and give their recommendations as to what coverage you should have and what coverage you should require from your service providers to protect your interests.

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HAZARDOUS MATERIALS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This course will provide an overview of the regulatory requirements applicable to hazardous materials shipments. Steven Charles Hunt, a well-known consultant, educator and leading expert on Hazardous Materials will explain:

  • What are hazardous materials (also known as “dangerous goods”)?
  • How do you know what they are?
  • What are the basic rules, regulations and laws?
  • Domestic shipments – truck, rail and air
  • International shipments – air, ocean and cross-border
  • Penalties for non – compliance with regulations!
  • How you can get help 

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LOSS PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF DAMAGES

Cargo damage and “shortages” due to theft and pilferage cost shippers and carriers millions every year. Experts will discuss how to avoid or minimize such losses. And, when losses do occur – how damages can be mitigated by prompt action including inspection, repair and salvage. Also covered will be issues involving foods, product liability, brand and trademark considerations.

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THE CRYSTAL BALL – TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS AFTER COVID

COVID-19 has completely changed the transportation and distribution of goods in the United States. Many traditional habits, practices, laws and regulations no longer “fit” what is happening and even the structure of the industry has changed. Leading experts discuss what they foresee and the challenges that lie ahead. 

Topics will include:
·        The New Administration – Policies? Regulations?
·        The big are getting bigger – acquisitions and mergers
·        Drivers – independent contractors or employees?
·        Costs of transportation – wages & benefits, fuel, congestion
·        Warehousing space and new distribution centers
·        “Outsourcing” transportation & logistics functions

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FREIGHT CLAIMS – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Five leading transportation professionals and attorneys will take questions from the audience on the filing, recovery and defending of claims for loss and damage to cargo in transit.

Topics include:
o   Evidence and documentation
o   The role of the Bill of Lading
o   Concealed Damage
o   Filing a claim with your own cargo insurance policy 

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