Freight claims, loss prevention professionals convene May 15-17

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The 2007 Freight Claims & Loss Prevention Annual Conference will convene Tuesday-Thursday, May 15-17, at the International Plaza Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla. Hosted by the Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council of the American Trucking Associations, the conference will gather industry professionals from across the country to discuss freight claims and loss prevention issues.

Motor carriers, shippers and brokers will debate mutual challenges and recommended solutions to prevent over, short and damaged goods claims, and will examine the emerging issues related to international shipments and the unique incidents that arise for different carrier types. Attendees will discuss what laws govern the intermodal supply chain, systems used to contain costs, new training initiatives and broker liability.

“To minimize loss, damage and the associated claims, all interested parties must work together to identify the causes and most effective preventative measures throughout the supply chain,” says Lois Beggs, chairman of the S&LPMC’s Claims/Loss Prevention Committee.

In addition to carrier and shipper representatives, speakers will include David Dwinell, master broker for LoadTraining.com; Loss Prevention consultant Roy Bowen; Nick Goodall, director of The TruckGuardian Group; and Hans Pirolt, claims manager for International Freight Forwarders. Harry Seaton, Esq. of Seaton & Husk, L.P., and Anthony J. Pruzinsky, Esq. of Hill Rivkins & Hayden, LLP will lend legal support to the “Liabilities and Laws of Transporting Intermodal Shipments.”

Roehl Transport, a Marshfield, Wis.-based truckload carrier, and Mountain Valley Express Co., a Santa Maria, Calif.-based less-than-truckload carrier, both will receive the association’s Excellence in Claims/Loss Prevention Award for their exemplary programs and accomplishments in reducing loss and damage.

This conference will be held simultaneously with the Trucking Security & Law Enforcement Conference & Exhibition, sponsored by the Security Council of ATA and the National Commercial Vehicle and Cargo Theft Prevention Task Force.

ATA’s Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council is an organization of transportation professionals involved in claims, human resources, loss prevention, safety and security for motor carriers and affiliated organizations. It aims to serve and promote members and the industry through advocacy, research, education, training and peer interaction.