Volume 2 – Number 1 – January 2020
Your Monthly E-News Update
Our E-News PFA PROTECTS is designed to keep our customers up to date with important trends, developments and product offerings while introducing new friends to the PFA family. Let us know how we can help.
Kickstarting the new year with new opportunities

It’s a new year. It’s a new decade. It’s time for new opportunities for freight brokers to build your business. Why not take a 2020 vision to 2020 success? If you elect to do even just one thing to grow your top and bottom lines in the new year, then perhaps the DOD bond is that new push in 2020? Note that the window closes in February. Check out the skinny on the DOD bond and how we can help set you up. 

Bundling surety with transportation insurance

PFA CEO Daniel Larson speaks to the impact that technology has had on all segments of the logistics industry and outlines the many advantages arising from bundling transportation insurance with surety requirements for Freight Brokers. Check out Episode 4 of PFA TV.

UCR registration status report
Here’s an important heads up: The start of the 2020 UCR registration period is still in a holding pattern and delayed until further notice while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes its rulemaking process. To stay up-to-date with the most recent information, please visit Once the registration period opens, PFA can assist you with a referral source to take care of this for you.
Failing to plan is planning to fail 

And that applies to planning to do some new things in 2020. Now is the time to consider those new twists for the new year. Richard Bren, Vice President of Insurance for PFA Transportation Insurance & Surety Services, rolls out Contingent Cargo Insurance as one potential way for you to make your business more marketable.

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Sensitech: An ally in combating cargo theft
Third-party specialists can be valuable allies in the business of transportation and when it comes to combating cargo theft, Sensitech is one of those resources that brings incredible insights and tools to help combat cargo theft. If you want to learn more or take on a more proactive approach to risk mitigation and loss reduction, you might consider the global team of experienced supply-chain security experts at the SensiGuard Supply Chain Intelligence Center or you may simply want to gain insights from Sensitech publications and reports such as the Global Cargo Theft Risk Assessment 2019.
There is no question that all of us in the transportation industry need to remain vigilant and prepared for the thieves that are preying on our cargo. California and Texas remain ‘severe’ and Canada also has ‘hot spots’. Weather, holidays, and unexpected layovers in unfamiliar places can subject cargo to loss from theft or damage. Stationary and unattended cargo is always at greatest risk. 
The Ratification of the USMCA: What does it mean for the transportation industry?

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the United States, Mexico, and Canada reached an agreement to modernize the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 
The new USMCA will support mutually beneficial trade leading to freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America. Fact sheets have been produced to show how the USMCA will benefit each state. The USMCA has passed the House of Representatives of the US Congress and now it heads to the Senate where it is expected to get the same bipartisan backing that it did in the House.  
For perspective on the significance of the USMCA, here’s a statement  of strong support for the new trade pact from Chris Spear, the President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations.

FMCSA: Drug Testing Minimum Annual Rate to Double in 2020
The FMCSA issued notice in a document published in the Federal Register on December 27th announcing a doubling of the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing (from 25% to 50% of the average number of a carrier’s driver positions). This change took effect January 1, 2020. 
FMCSA Clearinghouse regulatory requirement and implementation (Register) - January 6 

Richard Bren of PFA joins Jay W for Tuesday Nights Live which airs at 9 p.m. Eastern – January 7
California Trucking Association Annual Membership Conference - January 21-26, San Diego, CA
National Association of Truck Stop Operators NATSO Connect 2020 - February 6-9, Aurora, CO
Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show - February 7-8, Peoria, IL
National Motor Freight Traffic Association Member Meeting - February 9-12, Orlando, FL
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 1-800-595-2615.
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