The increase in broker bond requirement has pushed the small operators into a sub-broker arrangement with brokers able to financially meet the higher bond requirements. Here’s how it works: Jose, who wants to ship cars, buys access to Central Dispatch through a member broker, lets call the broker Anybody Freight Logistics. The tip-off is in the posting notes when the carrier is instructed to call Jose instead of contacting the main business phone line for Anybody Freight. If your actually call Anybody Freight, they immediately tell you to call the number on the listing, adding they don’t know anything about the shipment.
When you call Jose, he fills you in on the shipment, but usually can’t actually send out the dispatch, because he doesn’t have access to the Central Dispatch Account. So Jose says he’s going to send the order on Central, but nothing happens. Why is this a problem?
In our experience almost every time we have pursued a sub brokered shipment there are problems. They range from bad phone contacts and addresses to wrong vehicle’s, bad VIN#’s, and rate changes. Just about everything on a dispatch sheet in NOT TO BE TRUSTED on a Central Dispatch sub-brokered load.
As a matter of Matchpoint Company policy we have discontinued booking sub-brokers loads. We urge Central Dispatch to “clean-up” the sub-leasing of access to their system.