Thursday, March 24, 2011

Carrier Loading Tip - Do the Math and Show Your Work

When it comes to loading, one of the best ways to protect yourself as a driver is to observe the loading of your trailer, for not only for product quality and condition, but also for quantity.

Here are some tips on how to keep track of what is being loaded in your trailer:

- If you are not sure of how many pallets/cases are supposed to be loaded on your trailer, call UWC immediately and we will provide you with this information. Remember, you can always reach us, toll free 24/7: 1.877.273.7400!!

- Carry a small notepad with you, that will help you keep track of the # of pallets/cases that are going on the trailer (this is the do your math part!).

- Compare the Bill of Lading with the UWC load sheet, and with what is actually being loaded on the trailer – any discrepancies - either with product description or count - must be communicated to UWC and written on the BOL (this is the show your work part!). Writing any issues/discrepancies down on the BOL is one of the best ways to protect yourself against any issues that may arise upon delivery.

- If you do not have access to the loading dock, you must write “SHIPPER LOAD AND COUNT” on your BOL. The same goes here for delivery – if there is no access to the receiving dock, record “RECIEVER UNLOAD AND COUNT” – this helps indicate that the work done at these points was by someone other than yourself. These are key!!!

We all know how hard it is to make your case when all you have as proof is your words; documentation is key in this industry!!! These tips will surely help you on your way to successful loading practices; for more, take a look at UWC’s Carrier Loading Guidelines. Do you have any more counting tips or experiences to share?

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