TORONTO, Ont. — Markel Insurance is warning its policyholders to check the validity of their U.S. operating authority processing agents.
The warning comes as a result of a new U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative that could cause border delays for Canadian carriers that use a process agent that’s no longer recognized by the U.S. government.
“FMCSA is in the process of updating its database of process agents, who issue official operating authority to Canadian carriers,” says Silvy Wright, executive vice-president of Markel. “In doing so, FMCSA is issuing letters to carriers whose process agent on file is no longer recognized by the Administration and advising them to re-file with a valid agent within 30 days or risk losing US operating authority.”
Markel worries that Canadian carriers may be held up at the border if they have a process agent that’s no longer recognized.
“We urge trucking carriers to check the validity of your process agent right away,” adds Wright. “The surprise of not having valid operating authority in the US could result in unnecessary border and delivery delays as well as unsatisfied shipping customers.”
To check the validity of your process agent, visit the FMCSA Web site at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/licensing/agents.htm.
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