Transportation Intermediaries Association https://www.tianet.org/ Transportation Intermediaries Association Mon, 07 Nov 2022 13:33:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 TIA Gives Full Support to C-TPAT Pilot Program Act https://www.tianet.org/tia-gives-full-support-to-c-tpat-pilot-program-act/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 17:56:33 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=17072 MARCH 2, 2022 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics (3PL) industry, released the following statement following the House Homeland Security Committee’s […]

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MARCH 2, 2022 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics (3PL) industry, released the following statement following the House Homeland Security Committee’s bipartisan approval of H.R. 6826, the “C-TPAT Pilot Program Act of 2022.” TIA fully supports this legislation and applauds the Committee for its passage.

On behalf of the TIA and our almost 2,000 member companies, we are excited to have movement on a piece of legislation that is crucial to our membership base. This policy is common sense, long overdue, and should be quickly put on President Biden’s desk for signature.

“In the aftermath of 9/11, the Federal government, specifically the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rightfully moved to harden our supply chain,” said TIA President & CEO Anne Reinke. “Unfortunately, during the implementation, TIA’s core membership was wrongly excluded from this program; H.R. 6826 will finally allow some of our members to be included.”

The problem is that non-asset-based 3PLs have been dealing with a competitive disadvantage for almost 20 years because of a willful decision by the Federal government excluding DOT-licensed property brokers. The legislation, which now has passed committee and is before the entire House of Representatives, creates a pilot program for 10 DOT-licensed property brokers and 10 warehouse entities to be C-TPAT certified to add value to the larger program.

TIA Vice President of Government Affairs Chris Burroughs further noted, “TIA is grateful for Representatives Slotkin, Miller-Meeks, Luria, and Womack for their leadership to address the issue that CBP created and start to change the status quo which has hurt 3PLs in their respective states.” TIA members are ready to get off the sideline and support C-TPAT with their enrollment. This legislation will increase jobs, increase business, and improve national security. H.R. 6826 is the companion bill to S. 2322, which passed unanimously in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and awaits a vote on the Senate floor.

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Biden Administration Enforces Cross-Border Vaccine Mandate https://www.tianet.org/biden-administration-enforces-cross-border-vaccine-mandate/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 21:41:36 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=16824 JANUARY 21, 2022 – ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the Biden Administration rolled out their vaccine mandate for non-U.S. citizen truck drivers entering the country. In a reversal of previous public statements, […]

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JANUARY 21, 2022 – ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the Biden Administration rolled out their vaccine mandate for non-U.S. citizen truck drivers entering the country. In a reversal of previous public statements, the Administration decided now is the best time to restrict the free-flowing movement of goods across the border, as the nation continues to face a global pandemic and a supply chain crisis. This comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on January 13, 2022, that the Administration’s mandate for vaccine requirement for companies over 100 employees, was unconstitutional. The truck driving profession in the United States, Mexico, or Canada does not differ in terms of the nature of the business and this new action runs contrary to previous positions and statements.

 (TIA) President and CEO, Anne Reinke said this on the mandate, “Americans are struggling with higher prices and scarce goods, at the grocery store, the gas pump, and diners across the country. One way to make this drastically worse overnight is to take tens of thousands of truck drivers and forbid them from entering the country, leaving countless amounts of essential freight at the doorstep of our country.”

TIA and our members are uniquely positioned in the supply chain to drive the conversation and provide solutions regarding the supply chain and the current disruptions. TIA continues to be an advocate for truck drivers and we are calling for an end to these misguided policies towards truck drivers. This time, our cross-border friends are being harmed at a time when they are delivering essential services.

TIA represents almost 2,000 member companies, many of which service customers who utilize cross-border freight. Mr. Jim Damman of MODE Transportation serves as TIA’s Chairman of the Airfreight and International Logistics Committee, states, “You could not have selected a worse time to further restrict essential goods into the United States. We are facing a capacity crisis, compounded by skyrocketing demand and inflation. We need to be supporting our truck drivers, not adding insult to injury by mandating vaccines.”

TIA stands ready to work with the Administration to address the COVID-19 pandemic, but not at the expense of businesses throughout the United States and the overall economy.

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TIA Letter of Support for Highway Accident Fairness Act https://www.tianet.org/tia-letter-of-support-for-highway-accident-fairness-act/ Wed, 15 Dec 2021 19:53:42 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=16621 TIA President & CEO Anne Reinke’s letter to Reps. Garett Graves (R-LA-06) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) on behalf of the Association’s 1,800+ members in support of HR 6151, the “Highway […]

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TIA President & CEO Anne Reinke’s letter to Reps. Garett Graves (R-LA-06) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) on behalf of the Association’s 1,800+ members in support of HR 6151, the “Highway Accident Fairness Act.” This legislation is a welcomed and common-sense reform to the supply chain and our country’s freight movement corridors. This bill will keep us safer as a deterrent against bad actors.

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TIA Letter of Support for Infrastructure Bill https://www.tianet.org/tia-letter-of-support-for-infrastructure-bill/ Thu, 19 Aug 2021 12:57:59 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=15723 The post TIA Letter of Support for Infrastructure Bill appeared first on Transportation Intermediaries Association.

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TIA Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Package https://www.tianet.org/tia-statement-on-passage-of-bipartisan-infrastructure-package/ Wed, 11 Aug 2021 17:01:32 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=15628 MEDIA CONTACT: marketing@tianet.org AUGUST 10, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s […]

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AUGUST 10, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VA Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill:

The United States Senate today passed the bipartisan surface transportation reauthorization bill on a 69-30 vote. Included in the final language passed by the Senate is $550 billion in needed funding for our traditional infrastructure projects, including money for roads, bridges, transit, Amtrak, and more.

“TIA is proud to support this bipartisan measure; the U.S. economy and supply chain deserve to have the best infrastructure and most robust surface transportation in the world,” noted Chris Burroughs, TIA Vice President of Government Affairs. “This legislation delivers on that goal, and with more the $11 billion dedicated to safety, TIA is proud to call upon the U.S. House of Representatives to pass this bill and for President Biden to sign it into law.”

Built into the legislation are three provisions TIA fully supports and is proud to present to its members. First, a provision that clarifies the role of a dispatch service in the supply chain. Second, language which asks for a full review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Consumer Complaint Database and the subsequent action taken by the Federal Government. Included in this review is a mandate to include brokers in the process. Finally, a new apprenticeship pilot program for under 21-year-old drivers seeks to increase the carrier selection pool. This is a huge issue in the supply chain as the driver shortage continues to hamper transportation.

TIA applauds the work of the bipartisan group of U.S. Senators that put partisan politics aside and delivered on a surface transportation reauthorization that addresses our crumbling infrastructure and provides much-needed legislative clarity for the 3PL and freight brokerage industries.

To hear more about this legislation and TIA’s positions, please watch the video below.


The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials, and international organizations. To learn more about TIA, please call us at (703) 299-5700 or at www.tianet.org.

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TIA Releases Updated Co-Broker Model Contract https://www.tianet.org/tia-releases-updated-co-broker-model-contract/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:53:09 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=15365 MEDIA CONTACT: marketing@tianet.org JULY 22, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, is pleased to announce the release of their updated […]

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JULY 22, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VA Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, is pleased to announce the release of their updated Co-Broker Agreement. This updated contract is just one of the many model contracts offered exclusively to TIA Members via the Member Resource Library.

The TIA Contracts Committee began working on the updated model contract earlier this year to confirm the most relevant and recent contractual terms and conditions were reflected in the model agreement. There were additions made that focused on the current legal and insurance landscapes that directly affect the third-party logistics industry and TIA Members.

“TIA is honored to continue to provide these invaluable resources for our members, as a member benefit. I applaud the Contracts Committee and the leadership of Chairman James Lee for their tireless efforts in keeping these model agreements updated and relevant for our members,” stated Chris Burroughs, TIA Vice President of Government Affairs.

To view the latest version of the Co-Broker Agreement, please visit the member’s only section of the TIA website.


The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials, and international organizations. To learn more about TIA, please call us at (703) 299-5700 or at www.tianet.org.

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TIA Applauds New C-TPAT Legislation https://www.tianet.org/tia-applauds-new-c-tpat-legislation/ Fri, 16 Jul 2021 16:04:42 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=15319 MEDIA CONTACT: marketing@tianet.org JULY 16, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, released today the following statement on the introduction of […]

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JULY 16, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, released today the following statement on the introduction of legislation that would finally allow Department of Transportation (DOT) licensed property brokers to participate in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. Since the program’s inception back in 2006, TIA Members have not been allowed to participate not because of their merits but because of a bias against DOT licensed property brokers.

“For years TIA Members were inexplicably omitted from a program that was developed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” said TIA President & CEO Anne Reinke. “C-TPAT does a great job securing our homeland and defending our supply chain. We will continue to impress upon CBP that 3PLs add value to this effort and we look forward to doing our part to ensure that freight that is being transported cross-border is done to the highest safety standards.”

S. 2322, also known as the “C-TPAT Pilot Program Act” is bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Cornyn (R-TX), Menendez (D-NJ), Scott (R-SC), and Carper (D-DE). Under the legislation, 10 previously neglected companies will be granted the chance to participate in a pilot program that will give applicant companies C-TPAT certification if they meet the minimum requirements.

“This is a common-sense approach to a problem that never should have taken place. The status quo is contrary to legislative intent. Our members play an integral role in national security. This legislation is about national security, jobs, and fairness,” said Chris Burroughs, Vice President of Government Affairs for TIA.

For more information on TIA’s government affairs and advocacy efforts, please visit us online.


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TIA Signs DOT Anti-Human Trafficking Pledge https://www.tianet.org/tia-signs-dot-anti-human-trafficking-pledge/ Wed, 12 May 2021 12:45:52 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=14427 Becomes Latest Industry Partner to Join DOT’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking Initiative   MAY 11, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party […]

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Becomes Latest Industry Partner to Join DOT’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking Initiative

 

MAY 11, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics (3PL) industry, announced today that it has signed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking (TLAHT) pledge. In becoming a TLAHT signatory, TIA joins with our partners across the transportation industry to stop the flow of human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is an issue that transcends borders, race, gender, and politics; it is a global scourge that is often overlooked but demands attention and action,” said TIA President & CEO Anne Reinke. “As the voice of the 3PL industry and a leader in the larger transportation ecosystem, it is incumbent upon us as an organization to provide our members with the education, tools, and resources needed to identify and prevent the further spread of this heinous crime. We are honored to stand with the DOT and the transportation industry in support of this momentous initiative.”

TIA made the announcement of its signing the TLAHT pledge during the Day 1 Opening Session of the TIA 2021 Capital Ideas Conference in front of an audience of more than 300 virtual attendees from across the 3PL and freight brokerage industry. TIA President & CEO Anne Reinke was joined by Outgoing TIA Board Chair Brian Evans, CTB, in making the announcement to attendees.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation is proud to work, through its Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking Initiative, with the private and public sector across all modes of transportation on critical counter-trafficking efforts, including training front line workers to recognize and report possible instances of human trafficking,” said Julie Abraham, Director of the Office of International Transportation and Trade, whose office leads the Department’s human trafficking initiative.

With as many as 24.9 million men, women, and children sold into prostitution, domestic servitude, or other forced labor globally, human trafficking is one of the greatest atrocities of our time. While it may seem like a problem beyond our borders, human trafficking takes place every day in communities across America – rural, suburban, red, and blue.

“Through the strength of our unified 1,600 member companies, TIA is ready to meet the challenge and lend our network resources to eliminate human trafficking,” stated Brian Evans, CTB, Chairman of the TIA Board of Directors. “As we stand united in our efforts, we are honored to join the Department of Transportation, along with all other organizations, that are working tirelessly to combat this issue in the United States.”

Human traffickers are using America’s roadways, railways, waterways, and skies to traffic their victims. We cannot allow our transportation system to be an enabler in such awful acts. As part of TIA’s efforts in support of the TLAHT initiative, the Association will implement a five-prong approach in support of our pledge focused on leadership engagement, industry education and training, policy development, public awareness, and information sharing and analysis. To learn more about the TLAHT initiative, please visitwww.transportation.gov/TLAHT.

 


Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations.

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Workers Compensation Issues on the Rise https://www.tianet.org/workers-compensation-issues-on-the-rise/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:22:27 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=10713 TIA has received feedback from multiple Members recently about the State of New York cracking down on workers’ compensation rights for owner-operators, which is part of a larger effort by […]

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TIA has received feedback from multiple Members recently about the State of New York cracking down on workers’ compensation rights for owner-operators, which is part of a larger effort by multiple states to crack down on employee misclassification. Since New York has been the topic of interest for our Members recently and a focal point of the State to crack down on misclassification, this article will focus on that State’s workers classification laws and how they apply to 3PLs.

Specifically, the State of New York requires New York-based employers to provide workers compensation, with the following allowable exceptions:

  • If the business is owned by one individual and there are no employees, leased employees, borrowed employees, part-time employees, unpaid volunteers, or subcontractors.
  • If the business is a partnership or corporation and has no employees (based on the above specifications).
  • If the business is owned by one or two people, and those people own all stock and offices, and there are no additional employees.

Obviously, the above exemptions would include owner-operators based in the State of New York. With this being the case, you would need to look to the Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act which took effect on April 14, 2014. The statute specifically states:

“Under the Fair Play Act, a driver who possesses a state-issued driver’s license, and who transports goods in the state of New York while operating a commercial motor vehicle (as defined by law), is presumed to be the employee of a commercial goods transportation contractor (as defined by law) who compensates the driver.”

This definition places 3PLs and motor carriers who utilize owner-operators between a rock and a hard place in terms of compliance, but there are a few things you can do to protect yourself before action by the State is attempted.

TIA has prepared a guidance document for our Members to utilize and a “Certificate of Election” to have your motor carriers sign. TIA recommends that its members request certificates of workers compensation insurance from every carrier with whom they do business and put those certificates in the carrier’s file. Without a written certificate of exemption, however, these individuals retain the right to claim coverage. In the trucking industry, the result is that many owner-operators may not have workers compensation coverage but will file a claim if they are injured. The state will look to the contracting entity to cover the cost.

TIA’s position in such situations is that brokers are independent contractors who undertake to arrange transportation but do not take responsibility as carriers. Because brokers do not act as carriers, they do not and cannot subcontract their duties to motor carriers. Nevertheless, some states continue to try and argue that motor carriers are subcontractors to brokers. Further, that the brokers are liable for workers’ compensation claims not covered by the motor carrier because the brokers are prime contractors who are, in effect, employing the motor carrier as a subcontractor.

TIA additionally recommends that you all review your written contracts and evaluate actual day-to-day relationships with owner-operators for compliance with the applicable State laws. We highly recommend being proactive with this process, because after a claim has been filed in a State, the situation gets more complicated.


If you have any questions, please contact TIA Advocacy (advocacy@tianet.org).

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Down the Road, the 117th Congress and Transportation https://www.tianet.org/down-the-road-the-117th-congress-and-transportation/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:15:10 +0000 https://www.tianet.org/?p=10711 Scott Marks | Government Affairs Manager | TIA The 2nd session of the 116th Congress has been a whirlwind, packed with a marathon markup of a $2 trillion infrastructure package, COVID-19 response […]

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Scott Marks | Government Affairs Manager | TIA

The 2nd session of the 116th Congress has been a whirlwind, packed with a marathon markup of a $2 trillion infrastructure package, COVID-19 response packages, and a lot of pettifogging by both sides of the aisle. Coming up in a couple of weeks will be Infrastructure Week. This is a dedicated week focused on the shared transportation priorities between the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Federal Government to fix America’s crumbling roads, bridges, and other infrastructure needs.

This Infrastructure Week feels a lot like the past ones as once again, the United States Congress has yet to send to the President’s desk a new sweeping, comprehensive surface transportation reauthorization. Instead, it will most likely pass a continuing resolution which means carrying over the spending levels from the previous authorizing legislation. Our United States freight system is about four million miles of highways and roads; 140,000 miles of rail lines; 25,000 miles of inland and coastal waterways; 2.8 million miles of pipelines; and more than 5,000 public airports. We must pass into law a piece of legislation that is just as powerful as the system it looks to overhaul.

Next Congress needs to feel the urgency to pass a sweeping, up-to-date, surface transportation bill that takes into consideration all aspects of the supply chain, shippers, brokers, and carriers. The bill needs to be expansive, while at the same time, empowering states to fix their non-federal highways. Studies are conclusive and substantive on the issue of dollars lost because of the crumbling infrastructure, and as the Department of Transportation’s newly released National Freight Strategic Plan states, the issue will continue to worsen: 

“Freight shipments are expected to increase by 22.4 percent over the next 20 years. Investments in infrastructure capacity and operational improvements will be required to meet rising demand for freight. Yet, freight system performance can be hindered by regulatory, financial, and institutional barriers that raise the economic costs of freight movements.”

Our message to Congress: you must empower states with grants, fund federal programs to expedite construction while at the same, making regulatory changes, we know that pumping money into a problem does fix the underlying issue. Lay out a roadmap for brokers and 3PL’s to certify what a safe carrier is (this is especially crucial as trucks move 72% of Americas Freight), throw out the current audit safety rating system, overall the process to include data from states (that is fair to motor carriers and determines fault for crashes), and continue to allow the transportation industry to be fair, open and competitive without bogging it down with burdensome transparency regulations.

There is a lot to be done for the rest of the Congress and in the 117th Congress, TIA Government Affairs looks forward to working closely with our members, Members of Congress and their staff, the Department of Transportation, and other key players in the Executive Branch and private sector key stakeholders.


If you have any questions, concerns, or want to learn more about TIA’s Advocacy efforts, please contact TIA Government Affairs at Advocacy@tianet.org.

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