Why Should You Verify Your Carrier Has Insurance?

Besides the fact that having trucking insurance is law, verifying your carrier’s insurance certificate is an invaluable practice for guarding against chameleon carriers and identity theft.

The Law. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, known at the FMCSA, has set the standard for minimum insurance coverage for motor carriers, freight brokers and freight forwarders. See Example below taken from the FMCSA website:

FORM

DESCRIPTION

AUTHORITIES SUBJECT TO FILING

BMC-91 or BMC-91X Public liability insurance (bodily injury/property damage/environmental restoration)
  • Motor Contract Carrier and Common Carrier
  • Freight Forwarder (Note: Non-vehicle operating freight forwarders may seek waiver of this requirement.)
  • Freight:–$750,000 – $5,000,000, depending on commodities transported; $300,000 for non-hazardous freight moved only in vehicles weighing under 10,001 lbs.
  • Passengers:–$5,000,000; $1,500,000 for registrants operating only vehicles with seating capacity of 15 or fewer passengers.
BMC-34
  • Cargo insurance–$5,000 per vehicle
  • $10,000 per occurrence
  • Motor Common Carrier
  • Freight Forwarder
BMC-84 or BMC-85
  • Surety Bond–as of October 1, 2013, the amount is $75,000
  • Trust Fund Agreement–as of October 1, 2013, the amount is $75,000
Broker of Freight
BOC-3 Legal Process Agents All Authorities

So, naturally if you are a law abiding individual or corporation in the trucking industry, you have firstly insured yourself with the required insurance and secondly done your due diligence when employing a third-party to be sure they are also law abiding.

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The V.A.L.U.E.S. of Freight Tracking

Let’s play a word association game.

I say “freight tracking,” you may say: hassle, inconvenience, invasion of privacy, and benefiting only the manufacturer/shipper. But what if I told you that freight tracking benefits more than just the manufacturer/shipper?

What if I even went as far as to say that freight tracking adds value, adaption, longevity, uniformity, excellence, and safety to the carrier? Not convinced? Let me explain.

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Drivers, Start Your…Medical Examinations?

I officially need to uncross my eyes after reading the 75 plus pages of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Final Ruling write-up by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

What a ton of valuable information!

Cross-eyed, crossed eyes

In a nutshell, medical examiners (ME) are now required be listed on a national registry as a Certified Medical Examiner by the FMCSA, a part of the new MAP-21 ruling, to administer medical examinations for driver health eligibility.

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Affinity – It Means We Care

Have you visited the ARPCO website recently? For those of you that have NOT been on it, cough *lame* cough, you will see a plethora of transportation related tabs involving available loads, services, and freight quotes- a standard and relevant website for the industry. However, let me point out one other tab that you will not find on many, if any other, transportation business’ websites.

Affinity Page

ARPCO Affinity Page

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I Don’t Date; I Marry – I Am a Salesperson

Your hands are shaking. Your pulse is pounding. Your palms are two pools of sweat. You are ready to commit. It is a big step in only a short period of time – only a few phones calls and a couple of emails have been exchanged.  You have bought flowers and scoped out the competition ensuring availability.

“I am done dating,” you declare to yourself. “We have danced enough, I want to marry you!”

You dial the number, make the final sales-pitch, and cross your fingers that they will exuberantly say, “Yes!”

 
“I don’t dance,” said ARPCO’s president, Albert Puig, in an sales meeting with ARPCO’s account managers. “I want to marry the perspective customer as soon as possible.”

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The Logistics Questions You Need to Ask; ARPCO Can Answer

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This is me, but female.

Back in February, I came across an informative Better Business Bureau blog called “Questions to Ask before Trusting a Logistics Company with Your Shipment.” As the designated social media Facebooker, Tweeter, Blogger, and general Marketing Misfit for ARPCO Transport Services, a logistics company in Grapevine, TX, I decided that we are up to the challenge of successfully answering all four of these very important and pertinent questions.

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Facts About ARPCO!

ImageRecently, on Twitter we trended tirelessly t’while tastefully telling of thirty tiny tweet-tags talking of ARPCO’s terrific facts. (Whew! Say that five times fast.)

Or in an intelligent sentence, ARPCO followed the hashtag trend #30FactsAboutMe on Twitter. (Not nearly as much fun to say or read, but that’s just my opinion.)

I asked all members of the ARPCO team to email me three to four sentences about ARPCO, including why they enjoy working at ARPCO and facts they would like to share. In turn, I would like to share their 30+ responses with you.

Here is what they said!

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