Shipping- A Compliance Concern

Jul 28, 2016

Closely managing a supply chain is essential for business - corporations need to be assured that their suppliers are involved in risk mitigation to avoid fines and a bad reputation.

When dealing with the transport of goods, compliance is especially important, as there is plenty that can go wrong during the transit process. Ensuring contractors are properly complying with transportation regulations is essential to a safe and efficient supply chain.

There are several points that hiring companies should highlight before they contract with a shipping organization to be certain their business partners are staying on top of safety compliance.

Following basic regulations

Drivers are responsible for ensuring materials are transported in a safe and timely manner. To keep products flowing through the supply chain smoothly, companies need to verify their drivers are following basic Department of Transportation protocol.

When those involved in the shipping process fail to acknowledge basic guidelines, they put employees and products being transported at risk.

Logistics operations need to make sure their drivers are qualified to operate commercial vehicles and transport products to another area of the state or country.

All drivers within a company should be at least 21 years of age, and be able to speak and read English well enough to comprehend traffic signs and deal with any potential questions along the route.

Drivers should also be physically capable of their duties, and have passed a road test or obtained an operator's license. Employers cannot allow employees to operate commercial vehicles if they lack certification or have been disqualified for such an endorsement.

In addition to federal guidelines, companies should keep in mind they also need to abide by state-specific rules, which may vary in different areas of the country. Staying abreast of the latest state regulations will help employees, other drivers, and cargo to stay safe on the road. Transporters that fail to comply with guidelines may put themselves and their cargo at risk.

Communicating compliance requirements

Guaranteeing compliance internally and among business partners is essential. Firms that oversee their own logistics and shipping needs - or that contract these services to external parties - should verify their employees are aware of federal and local requirements. 

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