NMFC Policy Change for Concealed Damaged Goods

Recent changes have been made to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) rules regarding concealed damage notifications. As of Saturday, April 18, 2015 the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) has reduced the time shippers are allowed to report concealed damage to the carrier from 15 days to 5 days. Unless otherwise stated in a carrier’s specific rules tariff, this applies to all LTL shipments.

We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions regarding this change so you can help lessen any impacts to your business:

What is concealed damage?

Concealed damage is damage which you did not notice when you first accepted your shipment or was hidden from your sight.

What does this mean for me and my business?

If you fail to report concealed damage within 5 days, it will result in your inability to file a freight claim with the carrier.

How can I lessen any potential impacts due to this change?

It is strongly recommended that you open and inspect all shipments immediately upon receiving. Doing so will help ensure that you are able to provide timely notification to the carrier if you discover damage to your shipment.

What happens if I discover concealed damage?

If you discover any concealed damage, the process for notifying the carrier has not changed. Stop unpacking the shipment and retain all packaging. Take steps to reduce further loss of the goods. Do not discard damaged goods, packaging and container seals until surveyor has had a chance to investigate the loss and be sure to take pictures of the damaged freight. Next, immediately contact the carrier to obtain the necessary information to submit a form directly to the carrier.

Still have questions? Your Unishippers office is always here to help! Contact Unishippers for more information.

Last Updated 4/24/2015

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