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Doing business online definitely makes life easier, unless you fall prey to a cybercriminal posing as a transport company. These virtual thieves have been known to steal loads out of shipping yards and docks without anyone realizing it until the delivery has become past due.
Here are a few tips on how to protect yourself if you’re considering doing business with a new carrier – make sure you ask for:
- A notice that requires information in advance
- 30-days notice of any changes
- Documentation from CVOR, NSC or other agencies
- Proof of Insurance (Cargo & Liability)
- Customs accreditation
- Terms and conditions of service
- Hauling information—will they be hauling the load themselves?
- Any special permits or equipment your load may require
- Referrals or recommendations