If you’re not a carrier, don’t act like one

Updated Jan 13, 2010

Brokers that assume these duties are playing with fire

Q As a broker, we often are asked by shippers to sign shipper-carrier contracts without drawing a distinction between being an “arranger” versus a “provider” of transportation. We resist doing this. Are we right?

A You sure are. Brokers and motor carriers are separate instrumentalities of transportation. Your statutory authority as a broker defines you as “a person other than a motor carrier or an employee or agent of a motor carrier” [49 U.S.C.