I am a transporter with all required numbers and more insurance that the law requires. I have a legitimate company with EIN and DUNNS numbers.
I'm sure there are a lot of good, honest and legal transporters that use Uship. From what I have seen and read 80% are not. If they cared about your load they would have insurance to cover it (most do not). If they cared about the law they would have all their numbers (most of them probably don't no what DUNNS numbers are).
They know what DOT and MC numbers are because they are posting someone Else's numbers on their truck. Uship (and some other sites) make it easy for these thieves to steal your property. When they set up a profile on Uship (and some other sites) they can use a bogus name, address, DOT and MC numbers and e-mail account. Uship ( and some other sites) check nothing.
OK lets say your have a $60,000 boat and want it shipped from Cal. to Florida. You advertise this shipment on Uship ( or one of the other sites that doesn't check profiles). Of course you want to save money on this shipment.
This thief that set up a bogus profile bids it low to get the job. You pay Uship ( or some other site) their commission to get the (so called) transporters information to contact that person. Now, per the user agreement, Uship ( or some other site) has no more responsibility for anything. They are out of it.
You contact the (so called transporter), pay that person's up front money (if not full payment), and give them the information they need to pick up your boat. They show up to pick up your boat with a bogus lisence plate on the truck (always take a picture of the vehicle's VIN number). This charming person says his/her goodbye's and leaves. They head to Mexico and sell your $60,000 boat for let's say $30,000.
They sit on the beach a few days drinking margarita's with full pockets. Now what just happened? You payed this person to steal your boat, fill his/her pockets with money, and drink margarita's on the beach. Uship (or some other site) can give you all the info.
they have on this person. Remember they were never checked out by Uship (or some other site). Their profile is bogus. You get nothing!!!!
Check out the transporter before you give them anything. Verify that they have commercial insurance (Personal insurance will not cover). By law they have to have $750,000 public liability coverage if there are no batteries or more than 20 gallons of fuel. If batteries and fuel are involved they need $1,000,000 public liability coverage.
They also have to have coverage for what they are transporting if you want your property covered. Some of these (so called transporters) think the liability coverage covers their load. It does not!!!! Verify their DOT and MC numbers at this web site http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ If you are shipping something make it a common practice to verify all of these things to protect yourself.
By verify I mean call the insurance agent on the insurance cert. and look up the DOT and MC numbers to see that they belong to that company. And remember that picture of the VIN number (it may be the only way for law enforcment to find that person). Uship is not the only site on line that doesn't verify profiles.
Check all transporters. You get what you pay for.
Remember people (IF YOU PLAY WITH *** YOUR GOING TO GET SOME ON YOU). Good Luck and VERIFY, VERIFY, VERIFY
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