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New Insurance Option Offers Brokers Unprecedented Protection against Cargo Claims

Freight brokers often find themselves in a losing game of tug-of-war with carriers when it comes to deciding who will shoulder the costs of lost or damaged cargo. Now, thanks to the emergence of industry-specific insurance, this is starting to change. The Carmack Amendment places liability for lost or damaged cargo in the laps of …

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What Do I Do With a Broken Seal Load?

Freight brokers are increasingly facing consignees who reject freight when a carrier shows up at the delivery dock with a broken seal. Here is how you can defend against the trend. In both truckload and less-than-truckload shipments, shippers often require their freight to be transported in “sealed” containers. Sealed shipments help document chain of custody …

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Vicarious Liability and Independent Contractors: A Short Explanation

As employers in the business industry know, they are directly responsible for any damages a negligent employee may cause. This is known in the legal field as “respondeat superior” or “vicarious liability” and is imposed regardless of whether or not the employer was involved or even aware the problem was going on. In contrast, employers …

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Should a Freight Broker Pay the Shipper for Damage to the Shipper’s Cargo?

A question we frequently get from our broker clients is whether they should pay their client, the shipper, for loss or damage caused to the shipment during transit, and take an assignment of the shipper’s claim against the carrier. The question can be a difficult one and often largely depends on the broker’s relationship with …

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