In the logistics industry, double brokering is a challenging aspect that may lead to financial losses and damaged reputations for shippers and carriers.
Learn more: The issue of double brokering
Understanding the concept of double brokering is key to identifying potentially problematic situations involving your shipments. It will allow you to ensure your freight reaches its destination safely and on time. Let’s dive in and explore the four simple steps that will help you avoid double brokering.
Double Brokering in Simple Terms
Double brokering occurs when a load is re-brokered to an alternative trucking company without the shipper’s consent. It is both an unethical and illegal practice with possible legal issues for the parties involved.
These are some of the risks you may face when double brokering:
- Delays and disruptions in transportation
- Financial losses for shippers
- Risk of cargo loss or damage
- Legal consequences
How to avoid Double Brokering?
As shippers and carriers strive for secure transportation, it becomes crucial to address the issue of double brokering head-on. Follow these steps to establish a trustworthy logistics network and safeguard your business from illegal operations.
- Build Alliances with Proactive Vetting
Before entrusting your shipments to any carrier, embrace the power of proactive vetting. Verify their credentials, insurance coverage, and industry reputation to set the stage for a secure logistics network. By doing this, you can filter out potentially unreliable carriers, and reduce the risk of double-brokered loads.
- Stay Vigilant and Constantly Communicate
Be attentive to unusual behaviors or sudden changes in carriers' operations. Tell the carrier that upon pick-up, the customer will confirm the MC and DOT information. Foster open lines of communication and ask for contact information.
When you speak with the driver, confirm the DOT number on the side of their truck to confirm it matches the carrier you have this assigned to. Also, require tracking be on so you know the driver is in the area of your pick up.
- Test Shipments for New Carriers
When dealing with carriers you have not worked with before, it is prudent to start with test shipments. Assign easy, low-value, and short-haul loads to measure the carrier's reliability and performance for future significant loads.
- Trust Your Gut
If something seems off do not hesitate to ask questions and confirm more information to make sure all parties are covered in the event something happens. Your intuition does not lie!
5. Rely On Trusted Sources with The Power of Technology
In the battle against double brokering, technology emerges as an ally. With Carrier Assure, an innovative data analytics tool, you can check a carrier's performance score, with a special focus on the F score, which indicates a higher risk of engaging in double brokering.
Carrier Assure allows you to make well-informed decisions and steer clear of carriers with potential reliability issues. Using algorithms and data directly from the FMCSA, we provide you with an easy-to-understand score on how a carrier may perform for you.
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