Before signing a service agreement with a Courier, LTL freight, 3PL or messenger company, it’s important to ask for the company’s standard ‘ Accord for Certificate of Insurance’. This certificate shows the specific limits of insurance coverage. Furthermore, it is standard to also require the insurer to notify you as the customer, of any cancellations, non-renewal or reductions in coverage.
Companies utilizing overnight courier companies, express freight companies,companies that provide dedicated routes or driver staffing to their customers, are advised to require not only a valid copy of the ‘Certificate of Insurance’, updated as mentioned, but also insure the limits are detailed in any Service Agreements provided by the shippers.
This also applies to Driver and Warehouse Staffing companies.
California has some of the strictest requirements for couriers and messengers companies, and the most favorable environment for companies or individuals who seek liability or damages relief for accidents, injuries, etc.