When you are researching cargo liability programs, you may come across all kinds of advice as to what coverage should be included in your program. Remember not everything you hear is going to be 100 percent true. Here are three common transportation myths you should know about.
1. A Standard Carrier Contract Will Protect You
Most experts agree there are no standard clauses in a carrier contract, and any “standard” contract won’t cover every possible liability you might encounter. Shipping without a contract, though, opens up several liability issues. Liability, experts say, is negotiable and parties should work together to develop the right contract.
2. You Have To Ship the Way The Shipper Demands
While you might want to make some compromises with the customer, the shipper should not have the final say in how freight is carried. Adhering to the customer’s demands could put you at risk, according to some cargo liability programs exerts. For example, you might know the correct and legal way to load a truck while the shipper might not.
3. Insurance Will Cover Every Accident
This goes back to the first myth about the standard carrier contract. Having insurance doesn’t necessarily mean you have the right insurance. Insurance policies should cover cargo, injury and property liability. Speaking with an expert can help you insure the right cargo liability programs are in place.