Is uShip a broker?

uShip is a neutral online marketplace for shipping and moving services. The uShip marketplace is an online venue for shippers and transportation service providers to find each other for the purposes of conducting business with one another. As a neutral venue, uShip is not a transportation service provider, freight forwarder, or broker. uShip is a site where shippers and TSPs can meet and enter into agreements.

uShip is not involved in the actual transaction between shippers and service providers. As such, uShip does not prequalify or validate the claims of TSPs including with respect to their licensure, insurance and registration. The uShip website functions solely as a neutral venue for the connection between members. Because uShip is not involved in the actual transaction between shippers and service providers, we have no control over the accuracy of listings, the ability of service providers to transport items, or the ability of shippers to send items. uShip cannot ensure that a shipper or service provider will actually complete a shipment.

For more information, please refer to the uShip User Agreement.
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    Legally they are NOT A BROKER but they are dancing a fine line, If a case was to go to court for a multi million dollar law suit or a class action I would bet they would rather settle out of court than take there chances with a Jury Trial, just my $.02 worth on the idea
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    Let's say a shipper post's a load on uShip. The post goes through the bidding process, and is won by a broker. The shipper must now pay a match fee in addition to the freight charges. I have no problem with that, that's how the game is played. Now, the broker is free to pedal that shipment however and where ever he/she see's fit. Along comes a carrier, who want's that shipment. The carrier book's that shipment, but for 10-15% less than the actual freight charges (brokers commission-everybody knows that, or should). Herein lies my issue. In my eyes, uShip is the broker. When they allow brokers to bid on shipments, how is this not double brokering? And, if it is not technically double brokering, it is still picking the pockets of both the shipper and the carrier. You decide.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Double brokering? You be the judge..
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Shippers should know if the bid comes from a broker or carrier.

    Brokers are bidding as if they are carriers.

    Shippers should make informed decision whether their shippment will be sold off for a fraction of price to another carrier or shipped by the carrier who makes the transport and insure their commodity with their own insurance (and pay them as it should be).

    Brokers ask shipper as if they move the shipper's commodity with their own equipments and have insurances on the commodity. (Also pay taxes as well... seriously??)

    It is ultimately the carrier who pays the bill for the truck, pays insurance, and pay taxes to our government. NOT the brokers.



    First question was from me asking shipper what I, as a carrier, can do for the shipper

    Second question was from a broker who sells off their shipment to carriers claiming they have insurance and trucks to move this shippment

    Shipper will not have any idea what carrier will be chosen by the broker who won the bid

    Shippers have right to make informed decision before they accept bids

    If I may add my opionion
    USHIP advertises that they are born to fill carriers load. That's what brokers do and free marketplace takes the profit from what brokers used to.
    I don't think carriers have problem with that.
    If the full net payment what brokers bids goes to the carriers and uship pays flat fee(service charges) to the brokers from uship fees why would carriers would make issues.
    Then it is not techanically or legally double brokering
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