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The third-party logistics industry has been growing two to three times faster than GDP, totaling about $157 billion per year, according to Robert Voltmann, president and CEO of the Transportation Intermediaries Association.

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Senate Bill Would Require Non-CSA Carrier Hiring Standard

Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and co-sponsor Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) have introduced a bill that aims to create a “national hiring standard” for motor carriers without using the controversial BASIC data produced by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s CSA safety-compliance program.

Carriers, Brokers Warned About Identity Fraud Scam

The fraudulent employers promise to reimburse the “shipping assistants”, but no money is ever reimbursed. When questioned, the scammers claim to be affiliated with the brokers or carriers whose identities and logos they have hijacked for that purpose.

The True Causes of Rubber on the Road

Video from the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau and Tire Industry Association shows that retread tires may not be the cause of rubber on the road. The two groups cite independent research and offer easy-to-understand explanations of reasons tires fail and litter highways with dangerous debris.

Bill Would Set National Liability Standard for Shippers, Brokers

Several House Republicans are proposing a national standard to protect buyers of trucking services from claims that they were negligent when selecting the carrier. The bill by Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says that shippers and brokers would not be liable for negligence claims at the state level if they made sure that the carrier is registered at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has the required insurance and does not have an unsatisfactory safety rating.

FMCSA Revokes Around 2,000 Freight Broker Licenses

UPDATED -- Nearly 10% of the nation’s freight brokers no longer have their licenses following new federal regulations that took effect requiring a higher bonding amount, while another source says the number is even higher.

IANA, NITL, TIA Announce Key Educational Session Topics

The Intermodal Association of North America, The National Industrial Transportation League, and the Transportation Intermediaries Association announced a slate of four key educational sessions to be held during three industry co-located events - IANA’s Intermodal Expo, NITL’s TransComp Exhibition, and TIA’s Fall Meeting.