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What you will learn?

It not only relates the laws and regulations, carrier tariffs and practices governing transportation and logistics in today’s environment; it focuses on the problem areas that have resulted in disputes and litigation? and suggests how these pitfalls can be avoided. It covers real-world experiences during the author’s 50 years of practicing transportation law, during which he counseled shippers and their trade associations, carriers, brokers and freight forwarders on a wide variety of problems.

Transportation, Logistics and the Law
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You will learn about:

  • Surface carriers, brokers and railroads may now be sued for damages and attorney fees for any violations of the Interstate Commerce Act.
  • There are financial risks when shipping “COD”.
  • Motor carriers are limiting their liability in ways that the ICC would not have allowed.
  • A shipper may be bound by unfiled tariff provisions of which it was unaware.
  • Motor carriers need not inform shippers of their tariff provisions unless the shipper requested a copy of the carrier’s tariff before shipping.
  • Depositing a claim check for less than the claimed amount may foreclose collecting the full amount.
  • Household Goods Carriers are still subject to strict government regulation.
  • Parcel Express Carriers are still subject to some regulation and laws.
  • Carriers have a duty to inspect shipper-loaded vehicles before leaving origin.
  • Manufacturers are at risk when partially-damaged shipments are sold in salvage sales.
  • How a BMC 32 and an FF 32 Endorsement protects shippers when a carrier fails to pay a lawful loss or damage claim.
  • How the Classification System can adversely impact shippers and receivers.
  • How and when a carrier may have a lawful lien on goods in its possession.
  • How long records must be preserved.
  • How and when your firm is exposed to costly lawsuits.
  • How to determine if a third party logistics provider may have a conflict of interest.
  • The penalties and fines for violating the statutes and regulations in effect today.

Why do transportation and logistics personnel need to know about laws and regulations? Because:

  • Every shipment of freight moves on a contract of carriage of some type that contains legal terms and conditions defining the rights and duties of the parties to the transportation or distribution agreement.
  • The federal government currently offers less protection for the shipping public, although it continues to regulate all carrier industries to some degree.
  • Shippers’ and receivers’ rights vis-à-vis carriers and intermediaries, and between carriers and intermediaries, are governed by laws and legal principles.
  • Transportation and logistics are quasi-legal subjects that require an understanding of the laws that govern every party in the distribution cycle.