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Volume 4 – Number 1 – January 4th, 2022

Happy New Year!

As they say, keep on trucking! Here’s to a happy, healthy and rewarding 2022, which will be another year that has all of us at PFA committed to protecting your business and ensuring your success. We’re proud to be part of the U.S. transportation industry, one that continues to show its strength, character and resilience. It’s time to renew that confidence, can-do attitude and optimistic outlook towards the future. It’s the American way! It’s also the PFA way!

FUELING UP

Failing to plan is planning to fail. You’ve heard that one before. We’ve also seen it in action on many fronts. That’s why you can make it a Happier New Year by relying on solid planning, some smart thinking, and careful tracking of analytics to make it a winner of a 2022.

ROADMAP TO SUCCESS

Build it and they will come. That’s the Field of Dreams mentality and it’s often true. Yet in a competitive sector such as transportation, it can be more fantasy than reality. Just waiting on business to come to you can be a tough road. It’s hard to get ahead without being proactive and scouring the marketplace for new business opportunities. Case in point among new avenues of revenue generation is contingent cargo. Just ask your major shipping contacts. They’ll more often than not demand it, making contingent cargo more than just a form of smart insurance protection but also a chance to create new business.

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 gain broker authority -- check out our White Paper on The Power of Freight Broker Authority. While you’re at it, join our CEO Daniel Larson for a quick peak at Episode 1 of PFA TV, where he espouses the Power of Freight Broker Authority.

A HELPFUL PIT STOP

Most freight brokers and motor carriers have had to deal with the FMCSA forms that need to be completed for change requests. Forms such as the OP-1 and MCS-150 and MCSA-5889 all carry expiration dates at the top. If you submit a change request on an old form, you’ll be denied and required to use the correct form in order to get the request properly processed. Brokers can go to the FMCASA website to access the latest forms. Of course, if you need help, feel free to reach out to one of our account managers for assistance – call us today at 1-800-595-2615 or email us at webinfo@PFAprotects.com. We’ll help ensure that you’re using the right forms.

ENSURING YOUR SUCCESS

Your time is your money. That’s why we’re here to help you save on both! PFA CEO Daniel Larson explains the advantages of bundling your transportation insurance with your BMC-84s or BMC-85s. It’s pilot episode 1 of our PFA Protects: The Transportation Insurance and Surety Podcast.

YOUR EXPERT NAVIGATORS
In case you missed it at @PFAprotects on Twitter or Facebook last month, you should check out a list of best practices compiled by Daren Hansen, a senior editor at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Hansen gives fleet owners some suggestions as to how they can make the most of the new year ahead and it’s worth a quick read (whether you’re a motor carrier or any leading professional in the transportation industry).
INFORMING YOUR JOURNEY
Anticipating transportation and trucking legislation is an important part of being a successful freight broker, freight forwarder, motor carrier or just about any leader in the logistics industry. That means not only watching federal legislation but also monitoring “upward pressure” from states that want their say in how the industry operates in their jurisdictions. That’s why watching the trajectory of “Operation Open Road” could give a glimpse of where we’re heading on a number of fronts. The document – one part a call to action to the federal government and one part initiatives and regulations already in motion or being pushed at the state level – is being championed by 15 Republican Governors. John Kingston of FreightWaves takes a look at some potential trucking rule changes. 

Meanwhile, John Gallagher of FreightWaves profiles the White House’s $2 trillion “Build Back Better” infrastructure push and what it could mean for freight. Proponents believe it could ease the transition to clean fuels. 

Finally, it will be interesting to see where the Biden government’s vaccine-or-test-mandate is at in the opening weeks of the New Year. Not everyone is convinced it’s the right direction, including the American Trucking Association. In what could be an intense game of legal brinkmanship on the Emergency Temporary Standard, OSHA last month suggested that it will “not issue citations for noncompliance with any requirements of the ETS before January 10 and will not issue citations for noncompliance with the standard’s testing requirements before February 9, so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard”. OSHA said it will work closely with the regulated community to provide compliance assistance.
LIVING IN THE FAST LANE:  OUR TRANSPORTATION FAMILY
Do we rely on committed people in the transportation industry? You’re truckin’ right we do! As we fly, rail and drive into 2022, we wanted to give another shout out to our front line stars – the shippers, freight brokers, freight forwarders and motor carriers who make our world go round. We’re proud to be with you in the transport industry, serving all of our leaders in the field. If you’re looking to compare bonds or consider a new transportation insurance provider, email us today at webinfo@PFAprotects.com and we’ll get you set up.
COMING UP
Jan 9, 2022 to Jan 13, 2022
TRB Annual Meeting
Sponsored by Transportation Research Board
Washington, D.C.
Washington Convention Center

Jan 19, 2022 to Jan 22, 2022
California Trucking Association
Annual Membership Conference
Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Jan 24, 2022 to Jan 28, 2022
COHMED Conference
Sponsored by Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
San Diego
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Diego – Mission Valley

Feb 6, 2022 to Feb 9, 2022
National Motor Freight Transport Association Meeting 
New Orleans
Omni Royal Orleans
REACHING YOUR DESTINATION
Any questions as to how we can help you get What You Need. When You Need It? Email us at webinfo@PFAprotects.com  or call us today at 800-595-2615.
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