Volume 3 – Number 1 – January 4, 2021

Happy New Year! After the unprecedented levels of disruption, constraints and day-to-day stresses of the past ten months, it won’t take much for the new year to be a big upgrade on 2020.  Here’s to a happy, healthy and productive 2021, one that has all of us at PFA committed to protecting your business and ensuring your success. By working together, we can make it a big bounce back year!


It’s a brand new year and that means brand new opportunities for those who act. PFA’s Vice President of Insurance, Richard Bren, posts up some of the considerations around maximizing new business in a blog on FEMA-related opportunities.  Meanwhile, motor carriers who add freight broker authority to their existing motor carrier authority are doing so for more than just compliance in cases where they may need to act on both sides of any shipping transaction. They’re doing so because it opens up new business opportunities. For the basics – and for a look at how easy it is to obtain broker authority – check out our White Paper on The Power of Freight Broker Authority. While you’re at it, take a quick peak at Episode 1 of PFA TV: The Power of Freight Broker Authority.


The old adage is: Failing to plan is planning to fail. That’s especially true when it comes to scoping the landscape for new business opportunities, especially in a new year in which we all hope to drive through and past the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re looking to expand upon your opportunities in the post-COVID economy, Contingent Cargo coverage is a pretty good place to begin.

Just a friendly reminder that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all entities under its jurisdiction to update their information every two years and UCR registrations for 2021 are open. If you haven’t updated for two years, take a moment to get it done and out of the way. If you need help, call us at 800-595-2615. 

Make it a Happy New Year for you, your team(s), your strategic partners and other stakeholders, most notably your customers: Plan to succeed more than ever before in 2021! Some smart thinking, solid planning and careful tracking of analytics could make it a big bounce back year for you!

As a freight broker, regulatory compliance is an essential part of doing business…and growing your business. That’s why an awareness and understanding of the FMCSA’s drug clearinghouse compliance is important. Find out more here.
Informed freight brokers – along with informed freight forwarders and informed motor carriers – are those most likely to stay on top of new opportunities and the compliance required to gain that new business. On that front, assistance from mobile devices for safety and efficiency is nothing new in the transportation sector. Yet things will need to be much more formalized by June of 2021 in order to be compliant with the Canadian ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) mandate. Also, those wondering about short-haul exception, check out this article at on the 11 hour driving limit.
The dependable people who keep us truckin’: We’ve just gone through the busiest two months of the year in shipping and, as usual, our front line stars – the shippers, freight brokers, freight forwarders and motor carriers of our transportation sector – will always be our people. Thanks to all of you who help make the wheels go around, 24-7 and 52 weeks per year. We’re proud to be with you in the transportation industry, serving all of our leaders in the field.
Mark your calendar for the biggest event of the year for Freight Brokers! April 7-10 — the Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition staged by the TIA (Transportation Intermediaries Association) is coming to PFA’s own backyard of Phoenix, AZ (with the format and plans dependent on COVID-19). For more on this logistics conference, visit 
Transportation Research Board, Annual Meeting, Virtual ( — January 5-29  
California Trucking Association, Annual Membership Conference, Virtual ( — January 20-22   

Midwest Association of Rail Shippers, Annual Winter Meeting, Virtual ( —January 21 
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Cooperative Hazardous Materials Enforcement Development Conference, Virtual ( — January 25-28 
Any questions as to how we can help you get What You Need. When You Need It? Email us at  or call us today at 800-595-2615.
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