Determining who is liable for freight claims usually falls under the Carmack Amendment, a law applied to motor carriers by Congress in 1935 that was adopted to achieve uniformity in rules governing interstate shipment.
The Carmack Amendment applies to shippers and carriers involved with interstate shipments of all commodities, with an exception for farmers, fisherman, and a few other categories.
The MAP-21 transportation funding bill passed by Congress in July 2012 is going require many changes in the transportation industry over the coming months. However, two changes the bill requires of freight brokers may be flying a bit under the industry radar.
The U.S. Department of Transportation warned motor carriers last week against fraudulent letters asking for sensitive financial information.
In January 2013, FreightWatch International published their 2012 US Cargo Theft Report. Included in that report are three trends worth watching in the area of cargo theft.