I just want you to know that yes even though uship acts like a broker they are not! They have been Investigated by the USDOT and have been found NOT to be in any way Illegal.
Uship is not considered a Broker because they do not place the listings,they do not communicate between the shipper and the service provider. They provide the means but do not actually broker the loads.
Uship leaves it up to the shipper to check out the service provider to see if he/she is registered with the USDOT. That way they are not liable for who you hire. Brokers have to make sure you are legal. Uship uses a USHIP user agreement and when you agree to the terms, you are basically releasing them from any liability.
The USDOT has investigated USHIP and they have covered all their bases. So I suggest if you use USHIP, make sure you hire a USDOT registered carrier. Nobody is forcing anybody to use this site.
Hiring a Illegal carrier you have no way for compensation in the event of damage or theft.
Hiring a USDOT registered carrier you have all kinds of compensation and the ability to file charges against the carrier and to get compensated for your loss. The USDOT is very strict when it comes to this. they will pull the authority of the carrier and they will no longer be able to do business legally and if they do and get caught there are huge fines to pay.
The problem on Uship is shippers are looking for the Cheapest price to get something moved and when they hire a Provider who is not USDOT registered and get damaged freight and property stolen, their the ones who come back and write bad things about Uship and the ones they should be blaming is themselves for trying to save a buck and hiring just anybody.
Uship and EBAY are sites built the same way. they provide a means for selling and for shipping. Ebay is a Auction service but I dont hear anybody calling them a Auctioneer and wanting to see their Auctioneers liscence. Uship provides a means of getting items shipped, yet everyone calls them brokers, they are not brokers. Actually, the shippers are the brokers. they are the ones who post the listings, hire the carriers, provide the phone numbers,and pay the fee's.Do the shippers have brokers liscenses??? Good day!
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