4 May 12

Double-brokering is when a carrier (or someone posing as a carrier) books a load through a broker, and then brokers it again to a different carrier. It's also illegal.

Double-brokering can happen in a variety of ways. In some instances, the carrier is hauling freight that paid so low that two parties were both able to take a cut before paying them. It can also happen when a carrier accepts a load from a broker and then gives it to another carrier that doesn't have the proper authority or insurance. There are also fraudulent companies that book the load from the first broker with no intention of ever paying the carrier, instead sending their own invoice to the broker and then disappearing.

It's the sort of thing that could easily put a financial strain on a small carrier, and maybe even put some out of business. It also isn't always easy to spot. Brokers DO occasionally post the same loads for totally legit reasons. These are sometimes called "can-get" loads, where the shipper has agreed to give the load to the first broker that can find them a truck.

So we want to know, how do you protect your trucking company against fraud? Vote in our reader poll to let us know which tips and tricks have worked best for your business when avoiding double-brokered loads.

 

Has your company ever been the victim of a double-brokering scam? Let us know in the comments

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Douglas Welty
Douglas Welty

I have hauled double brokered loads. It actually was a TQL Broker. Said to check in as ?? Not TQL. Wasn't sure Why. I later on got the load thru another broker for a lot more and finally directly from the customer even more yet.
Question Is if I get a load under my Authority for another Driver as a favor, Is that double brokering, He is Legit, Insurance and authority, Just having problems working the Load board and Invoicing the Brokers. In Experienced in the trucking world...

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Joseph Frazier
Joseph Frazier

Just 2 weeks ago a Landstar agent brokered a load from CH Robinson and then brokered it to me. Was told by the agent that he couldn't survive if he didn't DOUBLE broker loads. CH Robinson didn't seem to care their load had been DOUBLE brokered. OOIDA told me it wasn't illegal but was UNETHICAL.  Would like to see the law that makes it illegal because I haven't found one.

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James W. Harper
James W. Harper

What can be done about Double Dispatches from a broker on the same load?
I got a rate confirmation for a load I ended up traveling 305 mile round trip to pick up a load that was double brokered.  Along the way the broker texted me as late as an hour before the pickup and did not disclose any double brokering.

I asked for compensation for my time and fuel and am being stonewalled by this disreputable agent for that brokerage.

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Happens all the time!, Had a landstar load, , then why is Hart Hankes calling me for updates on a kubota load?  Laws only applied to protect the brokers and the carriers always get screwed.

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