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It's all about risk!

Transportation, Logistics and the Law for Parcel Shippers: 2018 Edition

September 24, 2018
Presented by Parcel columnist Brent Primus, J.D.,
Attorney and CEO, Primus Law Office, P.A.; Senior Editor, transportlawtexts, Inc
Chicago, IL

Session Takeaways:

The goal of this course is to provide a working knowledge of the laws and regulations governing the supply chain... in order to identify... and minimize... legal and financial risk.

The Main Event (9:00am-1:00pm)


  • What's a parcel shipper? Shippers, Consignors, and Consignees - who is who? and which is what?
  • 5 Most Important Things to Know about the Laws Governing the Supply Chain: Legal differences between a carrier and an intermediary, limitations on a carrier's liability for loss and damage to cargo, legal significance of bills of lading, critical time limits and the distinction between a carrier's liability and insurance
  • 2018 Regulatory Update: To be determined based on developments in Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, and elsewhere during the spring and summer of 2018.
  • The Legal Characteristics of UPS and FedEx: UPS started as a motor carrier and FedEx started as an air carrier but both have grown to become much more

Focus on Contracts

  • Critical difference between contracting with UPS/FedEx as opposed to LTL motor carriers
  • Pricing agreements, bills of lading, tariffs, and the NMFC
  • Individually Negotiated Contracts: The five basic issues in transportation contracting, Federal statute governing contracts with motor carriers and the so-called anti-indemnification statutes
  • Current Issues in Contracting: Including insurance coverage, additional insured, waiver of subrogation, limitations of liability, indemnification provisions, consignee charge backs and other "touchy subjects"

Interactive Q&A: Questions and discussion from the audience based on problems and situations they have encountered

Special Afternoon Matinee (2:00pm-4:00pm)

SPECIAL DRILL-DOWN COURSE: Loss and Damage Claims: A snapshot overview of claims filing and administration, domestic air carriers, Carmack Amendment & rail and motor carriers, Warsaw Convention & international air carriers; Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA) and ocean carriers and NVOCCs.

Registration includes a 170-plus-page course manual, including critical statutes and regulations and other valuable information for day-to-day reference. Note: To ensure receiving the course manual at the workshop, it is necessary to register by September 14, 2018. Attendees registered after that date will be mailed a course manual after the seminar. Note: exact agenda to be determined based on industry and legal developments.

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Transportation & Logistics Council

It's all about risk!

Identifying and Minimizing Legal Risks in the Supply Chain

October 3, 2018
Hosted by Blakeman Transportation, Inc.
2350 Cold Springs Road
Ft. Worth, TX 76164

The course will be presented by Brent Wm. Primus, CEO of Primus Law Office, P.A. and Sr. Editor of transportlawtexts, inc.

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October 17, 2018
Hosted by Columbia Sportswear
NW Science Park Drive
Portland, Oregon 97229

The course will be presented by Brent Wm. Primus, CEO of Primus Law Office, P.A. and Sr. Editor of transportlawtexts, inc.

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November 14, 2018
Hosted by AFN, LLC
7230 N Caldwell Ave
Niles, Illinois 60714

The course will be presented by Brent Wm. Primus, CEO of Primus Law Office, P.A. and Sr. Editor of transportlawtexts, inc.

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Note: This will take you to the Transportation & Logistics Councils website. You can register for Transportation, Logistics and the Law (seminar #3) or any combination of the educational seminars.

Course Objective: the basic principles, current developments, and minimizing risk in the supply chain. How it all started: the Interstate Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Interstate Commerce Act (ICA); a snapshot of the U.S. Legal System

Detailed Agenda:

Motor Carriers
Laws and regulations affecting motor carriers in a “de-regulated environment”; Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (ICCTA); Exempt and non-exempt operations and why they matter.

The provisions of the 2012 Highway Bill (a/k/a MAP-21) - how it affects Federal regulation of brokers, the $75K surety bond; and its unanticipated effect on transportation contracting.

Surface Freight Forwarders
Surface freight forwarders and how they are legally different from brokers.

The Customers
Shippers, Consignors, & Consignees – who’s who and which is who.

Focus on FSMA – the Food Safety Modernization Act
How to comply with the new regulations governing food shipments.

Exposures to Liability
Vicarious liability for highway accident injuries and death: Schramm v. Foster and its sequels; Sperl v. Henry; Safety Rating System; SafeStat scores; CSA; 2015 FAST Act; qualifying selecting carriers to minimize risk.

Bills of Lading and Contracts in a Nut Shell
Bills of Lading, pricing agreements, individually negotiated contracts; the 5 basic issues in transportation contracting; Federal statute governing contracts with motor carriers, the so-called anti-indemnification statutes.

Terms of Sale and Payment of Freight Charges
FOB Origin and Destination; responsibility for freight charges: Consignor or consignee, collect & prepaid; the 180 day rule; the 18 month statute; motor carrier credit regulations.

Cargo Insurance
Cargo insurance and cargo liability insurance … and the critical differences between them.

Interactive Q&A … Audience Choice
This closing session is intended to provide time for discussion of case studies AND questions from the audience based upon problems and situations which the audience has encountered.

QUESTIONS? Send inquiries to or call us at (612) 333-0909