Originally Posted by Paul Braun
If you go the uShip route you have to decide if you want a licensed and insured carrier or someone providing the service without either. The license
is a federal motor carrier and the insurance is usually a certificate of insurance the carrier will provide.
This is the problem with USHIP and why PROFESSIONALS DO NOT USE "USHIP". Insured, not insured, licensed, no license
, no feedback, in "business" today not tomorrow and everything else. Ship with someone not licensed, with no cargo insurance and your load could be stopped, shut down and worse case confiscated as the person with whom you are shipping is running on his personal truck tags trying to make extra money when in the eyes of the Motor Carrier Enforcement is COMMERCIAL as they are hauling for commerce (Money)!
Cargo insurance is EXPENSIVE ($5K-$10K/year) so therefore some one man show operations will not carry cargo insurance and no your comprehensive/collision insurance IF you even carry that on your trailer may not cover your trailer and your homeowners is not going to cover your trailer being hauled by a person you are PAYING (Commerce) to transport your trailer. It's the transporters responsibility to proved CARGO insurance not you the trailer owner. Besides let's just say your one man show transporter is hauling or pulling your trailer to you and is involved in an accident caused by the transporter in which there is bodily injury to the other parties involved in the accident. Your transporter LIES to his insurance company saying he is pulling a trailer he just bought from YOU (that's what the one many show transporter will want YOU to say that you sold them this trailer) so his personal insurance will cover the accident claim. Let's say the bodily injury claim from the people the transporter injured in this accident is GREATER than his personal liability coverage limits. In that case the injured party will sue the transporter for the difference between what the transporters insurance company will pay (limits of liability on the transporters personal policy) AND just might investigate YOU the trailer seller to see if you really did sell that trailer to this transporter or was this a FRAUD perpetuated by both parties to defraud the insurance company. The injured parties insurance investigator or private investigator might also look on USHIP and find out that this guy has been transporting trailers, cars or whatever else for "commerce" and therefore figure out there was a commercial transport agreement between BOTH OF YOU and therefore sue BOTH OF YOU for the damages caused by YOUR unlicensed and improperly insured transporter with whom YOU contracted to transport YOUR trailer. This is a "Worst Case Scenario" however it IS possible!
Transport Professionals use Central Dispatch which is an industry internet transport board of which you must be a member. This is where all the truckers, industry brokers, car dealers, equipment dealers and RV dealers post their loads for transport and accept the legal contract for shipment.
On Central Dispatch you can see anything and everything about a transport company contacting you about hauling your load. Feedback, insurance claims, DOT inspections and more are all available for review. No bidding like USHIP you just post your load, location and a price you are willing to pay. A trucker, trucking company or transporter contacts you to accept or discuss the load and agree on a price and you assign that load to that carrier.
All I would strongly suggest to those shipping on USHIP is to fully understand the "legal liability" you may have to accept based upon the transporter with whom YOU make an agreement to haul YOUR property!