I’ve been noticing there continues to be some confusion, and possibly misinformation, relating to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) regulations, which actually became effective Dec. 10, 2004. We now have 3+ years of enforcement experience behind us and have not experienced any significant equipment shortages, despite predictions that carriers would avoid California due to the expense of retrofitting older reefer units or purchasing new units.
On Jan. 1, 2013, CARB added a provision that calls for due diligence on the part of those responsible for arranging refrigerated transportation to, from and through California. As a shipper, due diligence means you can demonstrate the necessary level of care by asking your carrier and/or transportation broker to supply only equipment that meets the CARB standard and by incorporating language in the bill of lading to certify that the TRU equipment meets CARB regulations (for more CARB compliance information click here). If you have not already modified your bill of lading to include this language, I urge you to do so immediately
Another important statement that should be on your bill of lading is a No Recourse Provision, which means that you as the shipper are not responsible for paying any freight charges on an FOB transaction.
As always, for more information, please contact me at 949-885-2269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.