Every year, over 100 TIA Members participated in the Policy Forum, where they met with Members of Congress and their staff to support the 3PL industry and discuss issues and concerns(1).
TIA 3PL Policy Forum
Simple Logistics, Brandon Arnold, COO, was among the TIA Members who attended the TIA 3PL Policy Forum in Washington DC last week, September 25th-27th. Brandon is currently serving on the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) Executive Board. This board plays a key role in advocating for the good of the logistics industry as well as for 3PL (third-party logistics brokers) like Simple Logistics.
“Our primary objectives were to discuss with the FMCSA and our country’s leaders the regulations that impact our industry, as well as the problems of fraud and double brokering. We aimed to find solutions on a government level to help us tackle these issues,” Brandon explains.
From left: TIA’s Chris Burroughs, Scott Jennings, political commentator with CNN, and Brandon Arnold, CCO of Simple Logistics and TIA board member.
“As an association, we had around 170 meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, September 26th, where we had the opportunity to speak with Congress and suggest ways in which they could support and assist us with these concerns. In addition, some leaders from the FMCSA provided insight into what their agency is doing to combat fraud and listened to valuable feedback from members about how it affects our partners and customers, as well as us.
Overall, the event was a success, and I am proud to be a part of TIA, representing the Texas Delegation and Simple Logistics,” says Brandon.
The United States Capitol Building in Washington DC.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is set to launch a new website within the next 12-18 months to help combat carrier fraud in the industry. The website will feature a multi-verification process (MFA) that will be regulated by the government.
“We must ask FMCSA to stop allowing carriers to get their license using a P.O. Box, but rather, an actual address that can be verified. We must push for a task force that includes law enforcement penalties for these bad actors, not just shutting them down – where they can turn around and do it again,” explains Brandon.
At Simple Logistics, we employ a platform called Highway(2) in order to ensure the safety of our customers’ shipments. This advanced technology verifies the identity of carriers who wish to work with us. Before any carrier can haul Simple freight, they must pass through a series of roadblocks put in place by our team. This is just one of the many measures we take to maintain the security of our clients’ shipments.
We value our relationship with our carriers as it ensures that our shipments remain safe and secure. Our compliance system is robust, and we take the time to get to know our carriers well. This allows us to verify their identity when discussing a shipment. Additionally, our customer service is available round the clock, with live-person assistance. This means that our drivers can reach us at any time, and we can promptly address any issues that may arise.
Members of the TIA in Washington DC for the TIA Policy Forum, September 2023 (Photo credit by NT Logistics).
Simple Logistics, in collaboration with TIA, aims to combat industry fraud in logistics and transportation. We are taking proactive measures to address this challenge by implementing carrier verification for our own shipments and advocating for industry standard changes at the 3PL Policy Forum held in Washington DC. Our efforts are aimed at reducing fraud and double brokering.
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