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Why You Need to Regularly Review Your Carrier Safety Ratings

Review of carrier safety ratings on a regular basis is one criteria when considering the addition of a new carrier.

You can go to the Motor Carrier Safety Rating System, www.ai.fmcsa.gov and look up any carrier’s safety rating on line.

Good rule of thumb to use, any carrier that has BASICS (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories) ratings over 70.0 is a risk, especially the Vehicle Maintenance rating.

If you don’t know how to get started to assess carrier safety ratings – please contact your logistics solutions provider for assistance.

Follow this tip and you’ll manage your risk better when shipping your products or equipment.

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Want to Avoid Unexpected LTL Fees? Here’s How!

Looking for an easy way to reduce unexpected LTL fees and charges?

Include your product NMFC code in the product description on your Bill of Lading (BOL).

 LTL Carriers are more likely to re-classify the product being shipped if the NMFC code is not listed on the BOL – resulting in higher freight charges and fees.

If you don’t know the NMFC codes for your product(s), you can locate them in the National Motor Freight Classification Book.  You can either purchase a book from NMFTA.org for a nominal fee or contact your logistics solutions provider for assistance.

Follow this tip and you’ll prevent re-classification fees and unexpected increases in freight rates.