The TIA Contracts Subcommittee, which operates under the Full Operations Committee, is pleased to announce the update of the joint TIA and National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) model Broker-Shipper contract. Additionally, the Subcommittee is excited to announce the release of the new model Broker-Forwarder contract.

The Subcommittee has been working with NITL the past few months to update the contract to reflect regulatory and legislative changes that were part of MAP-21, the Transportation Reauthorization Bill.

On the importance of the model agreement, Subcommittee Chairman Chip Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Bay and Bay Transportation stated, “The TIA-NITL model Shipper-Broker agreement represents a common sense approach to contracting between shippers and licensed property brokers. It covers the essential issues, treats each party fairly, and avoids the over-reaching clauses often found in these agreements. This contract is actively being used in the market and I often see shipper contracts with excerpts from it. The industry has long needed the practical approach that this agreement offers.”

Gary Palmer, of True Value Company, added that “NITL looks forward to continuing to work with TIA to keep the broker-shipper model contract current and effective.   We recommend that you make use of this template to help document the business relationships and related transactional activity with your broker and shipper partners.”

In response, to several TIA member inquiries, the Contracts Subcommittee began work on the model Broker-Forwarder agreement to assist members. John Wish, Director of Highway Services for Independent Dispatch, Inc. who sits on the Subcommittee said, “As a freight forwarder, I had approached TIA about the importance of getting a co-party agreement created so my company along with other members could better work with other TIA members. I joined the Subcommittee to work on the model agreement and through the Subcommittee’s hard work; we now have an invaluable resource for the entire membership.”

All of the TIA model agreements can be viewed online, by visiting the member’s only section of the TIA website.

If you have any questions, contact Chris Burroughs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 703.299.5705).

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $162 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.  TIA is the United States member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations, FIATA.


Brokerage Industry Unites to Combat Fraud

Tucson, AZ (4-15-2014) - Fraud and theft threaten companies at every stage of the supply chain. Shippers, carriers, and brokers all struggle with the costs of stolen cargo, pilfered financial information, and identity theft. To combat this threat, TIA’s Fraud Task Force Committee is proud to introduce the 2014 Framework to Combat Fraud, the first step in a member-driven effort to reduce losses for brokers and the companies they work with.

The TIA Board of Directors created the Fraud Task Force Committee in April 2013 to organize a brokerage industry response to fraud and theft. As Geoff Turner, Chairman of the TIA Board of Directors, notes:

“This framework presents a compilation of best practices that TIA members and Fraud Task Force participants have used to protect themselves. This resource complements TIA Watchdog (, a web-based forum for the industry to report information on problems to each other. Utilizing this document and TIA Watchdog may save you time, heartache and, ultimately, protect your bottom line.”

Michael Nervick of AFN, LLC., Chairman of the TIA Fraud Task Force Committee, notes that this initial document is just the first step in the industry’s response to fighting back against fraud.

“The TIA Fraud Task Force Committee looks forward to continuing to work with members and building on this initial effort. We know that it is important to get ahead of the curve on an issue of such enormous importance.”

The 2014 Framework to Combat Fraud includes information on:

  • Cargo Theft (Subcommittee Chair: Chris McLoughlin, C.H. Robinson)
  • Financial Theft (Subcommittee Chair: Mark Boyer, Con-way Multimodal)
  • Identity Theft (Subcommittee Chair: Kari Dobrovolny, Pioneer Transfer LLC)
  • Fraud Prevention (Subcommittee Chair: James Lee, Choptank Transport, Inc.)
  • Post-Theft Action (Subcommittee Chair: Dianna Whitby, H&M Bay, Inc.)


For additional information on the 2014 Framework to Combat Fraud, please contact Nancy O’Liddy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 703.299.5711) or Will Sehestedt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 703.299.5713).

Subscribe to receive news:

You'll receive a confirmation email from FeedBurner to activate your subscription.