HR 4348, which was signed by the President earlier this year, implements several changes for moving companies and household goods brokers.
Some of the most relevant sections of this sweeping legislation that relates to household goods moving company and household goods brokers is summarized here:
- Requires that the DOT issue distinctive registration numbers for each authority (motor carrier, broker, freight forwarder) and requires that each number include an indicator of the type of activity of service for which the registration number is issued.
- Requires that not later than 4 years after the date of enactment, brokers and forwarders must renew their license and the license will then need to be renewed every 5 years.
- Clarifies that motor carriers need separate broker or forwarder authority and bond if they want to act as a broker.
- Increases the broker surety bond to $75,000 and imposes a $75,000 surety requirement on freight forwarders. Requires a 3 year relevant experience or certified training to obtain a license. Requires existing brokers and forwarders to comply within 1 year.
- Requires the FMCSA to establish specific performance standards for bonds and other acceptable surety.
- Creates severe penalties for brokering jobs without a license including civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation and this can extend to individual officers, directors, and principles of corporate entities.