I have shipped a trailer halfway across Canada and have an interested party for my Escape
19 who is attempting to ship it to California. Both efforts are or have used U-ship. For the first shipment across Canada I found a carrier who became the primary shipper for Escape
after my use. A very good experience.
The second experience with U-ship is still unfolding and I am somewhat of the third party as the buyer is making the arrangements. A shipper was arranged several weeks ago, I met this carrier at the warehouse where the trailer was stored. I looked over the carrier's vehicle and towing arrangement and was satisfied, I think he was capable of doing a good job. I then asked for a Bill of Lading, DOT or MCA number and proof of insurance faxed or emailed to me from the insurance company of the carrier. These are all recommended steps from U-ship. The guy doing the pick up could provide none of the above, he contacted whoever was on the other end of arranging the shipment, someone you might call a broker. That party emailed me a Bill of Lading that did not have the carriers name or address, no destination and no signature. Pretty much a blank BOL. He was not in his office so could not provide me the other requests.
Needless to say, the carrier left without the trailer. In talking with the prospective buyer (remember he is arranging the shipment) he is finding there are two categories of carriers. The "gypsies" who haul for the lowest price and are not licensed or insured and the established haulers who cost more and are licensed plus they can provide some documentation and the important Bill of Lading which gives them the right to transport.
I had checked with my insurance carrier before all this and was assured that the trailer was still covered by my policy. The trailer is actually in my name until delivered and signed off by the purchaser. Then the title
transfers. All pre-shipment screening on your part is not going to stop a carrier from leaving your trailer on the side of the road, delivery to Mexico, damage or being held for ransom. All you can do is try to level the playing field.