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.

 


Summer Membership Special

Join Now - for a limited time new members receive $100 off the membership fee! If you join by August 31st, new members will receive our Summer Membership Special price of $100 off your first year's membership! Application reflects discount.


Register now for the Fall Seminars

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.

We have two great locations Illinois in October (10/20 - 10/22) and Texas in November (11/17 - 11/19). It’s your choice – take all three or choose one or two of these seminars.  Click here to read what the seminars offer and how to register.
 
**Freight Claims Seminar being held in Illinois is filled no more registrations can be accepted to that class only. Plenty of spots still available at the Texas location.

40th Annual Conference was a huge success!!

The conference covered a wide range of current topics including Transportation Industry Update, Insurance & Risk Management, Security, Saving Transportation $$$, Mitigating the Loss, International Trade, etc. There were many dynamic speakers and presentations.  To view some of the presentations from the conference click here.

News Flash!

FMCSA Proposes Rules on Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers - Click here to read full article

FMCSA Webste 

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_html.prc_limain and can also be accessed at http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/pkg_carrquery.prc_carrlist

The Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System is now at  http://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.


Baxter Bailey and the Double Payment Issue

An open letter to TLC Membership clarifying a previous report concerning Baxter Bailey's so-called "Broker Watchlist" and the double payment issue faced by shippers and consignees when brokers (or other intermediaries) fail to pay carriers that the broker hired.


Broker Surety Bond Alert

As you may be aware, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) issued a notice in September regarding the implementation of provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (“MAP–21”) affecting brokers.


ARTICLES & NEWS

Does a broker have a duty to hire a carrier with adequate cargo insurance?  This question has come up a number of times on the Council's Q&A forum, so we thought that this short memorandum might be of interest.  Two court decisions that address the question of whether a broker has a duty to hire a carrier with cargo insurance that adequately covers the commodity and/or value of the shipper's goods.
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.
CARB Reefer Regulations to Become Effective January 1, 2013 - New California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations will become applicable to reefer-equipped trucks, tractor-trailers, shipping containers and railcars for the transport of perishable goods on California highways or railways that will impact brokers, forwarders, shippers, receivers, carriers and drivers.
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.
Wells Fargo - CSA Good Intentions -  Critical report on the FMCSA's methodology for rating motor carriers in the Compliance, Safety Accountability (CSA) safety program.
The FMCSA's "5-Year Strategic Plan" - New Regulations? The FMCSA's "DRAFT -2011-2016 Strategic Plan", released on June 29th, has stirred up reactions and concerns among a number of shipper, carrier and intermediary organizations.
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

 

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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