Posted on Sep 25, 2014 by Web Developer
Author: Allied Log
The book runs more than 165,000 pages, the equivalent of 14 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s classic “War
and Peace” and enough to fill more than 100 editions of a typical Sunday metropolitan
And the tome is revised annually. The mammoth U.S. Code of Federal Regulations over its long history to the current day has covered everything from how to procure a contract to details on cargo insurance. The
latter is part of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, mandates buried somewhere in those thousands of pages.
Today, carriers of household goods principally face the cargo insurance mandate. A few years ago, the stipulation was more widely applied.
“Everyone involved in shipping is affected ... at some point or another, ”said Reo B. Hatfield, president of Allied Logistics’ Virginia operations and an elected member of the National Motor Freight Traffic Association’s Classification Resource Committee. “But it’s very difficult to keep up with it all.”
That’s where Allied comes in. The company tracks federal regulations as part of its effort to ensure clients are getting the best rates possible.
Understanding transportation law and classification descriptions is critical for shippers striving to maximize their bottom lines.
“It will cost you daily if you don’t,” Hatfield said.
He cited recent freight traffic association data that showed carriers inspect less than a fifth of shipments, with nearly $1 billion added to freight bills.
“That should make you want to consider how you ship your freight and who you have do it,” Hatfield said. “If you do it right the first time, you don’t get this type of surprise.”