About Us Domestic Cargo Services

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Who We Are

Bray Brokerage is a privately owned and managed company. We are fully committed to excellence Our company provides outstanding personalized customer service that larger companies cannot hope to maintain.

We are running an Owner/Operator based company with drivers who know this business very well.
We strive to work closely with our customers to provide efficient, cost-effective solutions to their logistical needs.
Our professional drivers are well trained and experience with 8-20 years of experience, meeting all statutory as well as industry related requirements for the storage and transfer of freight.
Our fleet consists of well-maintained late model tractor trailers and delivery trucks

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What We Do

We are a Trucking Corporation that strives every day to provide standard of excellence in the trucking industry by providing outstanding customer service to all of our internal and external customers.  Bray Brokerage has goals to adhere to when it comes to our customers and employees, such as:

  • We strive to constantly maintain a growing, profitable, and ethical transportation operation.
    • Make sure we maintain our leadership in all areas of service, methods, and progress.
    • Build public confidence and a continuing friendly relationship for our clients through excellent business practices, effective selling, and personal contacts.
    • We provide excellent employment opportunities to our employees and maintain good working conditions, salary, and communication. In return we strive to receive loyalty and honesty from our employees.
  • We adapt well to company services, facilities, and policies to meet our civic and economic responsibilities.

Why Choose Us? Find reasons to choose us as your freight partner

Customer Satisfication Tools

The capabilities of a large logistics provider with the advantages of an independently owned company.

With Bray Borokerage, there are no canned solutions.

We offer flexible, customized client solutions based on the size, budget and goals of your company.  In fact, one of our greatest strengths is applying our knowledge to your particular needs. Our competency and creativity in freight management puts us on the leading edge of technology with useful, accessible tools for our clients.

Bray Borokerage is not carrier-owned. And, because of our long-standing independence, we’re unsurpassed in our ability to develop fresh game plans to adapt rapidly to changes that could impact your business. Being quick on our feet is one of the most potent skills we possess to keep your company ahead of the competition – and, of course, save you money.

Customer satisfaction. Our #1 source of new business.

With many of our partnerships, long-term relationships are at the heart of our service philosophy. We service a wide array of well-known clients. And, although we’re not limited to working with any particular carriers, we also have longstanding relationships with all well-known carrier companies.

CSA - COMPLIANCE, SAFETY, ACCOUNTABILITY

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program at Bray Brokerage are scores carriers and drivers are based on via seven Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). BASIC scores are meant to identify poor safety performers, who are then subject to interventions by FMCSA guidelines:

  • Warning letter. This puts the carrier on notice that a BASIC has gone above the threshold and correction is necessary.
  • Increased roadside enforcement. This will function much like the present ISS-D system. Carriers with a BASIC over a threshold will be flagged in the Inspection Selection System used by roadside inspectors to select carriers for inspection. The system will also tell the inspectors which BASIC score (or scores) has placed the carrier on the “Inspect” list.
  • Focused off-site investigation. This intervention will check a carrier’s compliance with the regulations and verify performance in BASIC areas in which the carrier has struggled. The carrier will send investigators requested records, and respond to any follow-up requests. For example, if the carrier has a poor BASIC score in Driver Fitness, the focused off-site investigation would concentrate on Driver Fitness issues.
  • Focused on-site investigation. Involves a “narrow” on-site audit of a carrier based on areas of poor performance. For example, if the carrier has a poor Vehicle Maintenance BASIC score, the focused on-site investigation would concentrate on vehicle and cargo securement issues.
  • Cooperative safety plan. Following a focused investigation or comprehensive review, the FMCSA may request that the carrier develop a cooperative safety plan intended to correct performance. The plan needs to be submitted to FMCSA and approved.
  • Notice of violation. The notice of violation would serve as a formal mechanism to inform carriers that the carrier must address compliance deficiencies.
  • Comprehensive on-site investigation. This is the equivalent of FMCSA’s present Compliance Review (audit). It would only be used when other interventions have failed or if there are grounds for it (very poor BASIC score, accident follow up, valid complaint, earlier investigation has found larger problems, etc.).
  • Notice of claim, penalty, and settlement agreement. These would be the steps used by the FMCSA following an intervention that did not go well. Involves fining the carrier or driver.

Compliance Solutions

compliance-solutionsCargo Securement- Bray Brokerage properly secure flatbed cargo and prevents items from shifting, spilling, blowing or falling from the vehicle. And that’s critical. Proper cargo securement in dry vans is also a necessity to avoid lost dollars in damaged goods.

TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

Bray Brokerage will help you with all of your transportation management needs. Bray Brokerage will allow you to gain control of key transportation processes, dramatically improve your operating efficiency, enhance your profitability, and receive the great customer service you deserve.

Bray Brokerage transportation management solution includes a breadth of great services:

  • Logistics Engineering – facilitates strategic decision making and alignment of your supply chain with your business objectives
  • Order & Account Management – gives you visibility to your orders’ life cycles for better control over inbound product flow and recordkeeping
  • Financial Reconciliation – supports freight bill audits and carrier payments, GL codes, and accrual processes
  • Reporting & Information Management – lets you track and analyze key business metrics for overall improved supply chain performance
  • Shipment Optimization – helps lower costs and maximize profitability through consolidation, aggregation, mode-shift and pooling

Want to learn more?

Call us toll-free at (301)404-3202.

Freight Payment Options

Freight payments are a collection of processes that can be thought of in general terms as an accounts payable service for transportation invoices.  Freight payment services providers, such as a 3PL, act as the intermediary between the shipper and the carrier to receive, process, and pay invoices.  Every company is different so some processes may vary slightly, but typically invoices are sent directly to the freight payment provider by the carriers.  Upon receipt of the invoices the following processes are usually included in a quality freight payment solution.

Invoice Receipt – Carriers submit invoices to the intermediary (such as a 3PL) in a variety of formats for processing.  Typical methods include manual invoices sent via the mail or email and electronic invoices sent via EDI.

Invoice Validation –  Upon receipt of invoices, the logistics services provider will validate and audit each invoice to make sure that the invoices have not been previously processed (duplicates), are the shipper’s responsibility to pay (billed correctly), and include proper/necessary documentation.  Additional shipper specific validations are frequently included in this process such as the validation of bill of lading or purchase order numbers against a shipper’s internal data sets.

Driver Qualifications

Hiring the right drivers and ensuring they also comply with driver qualification regulations is critical for the successful – and safe – operation of Bray Brokerage.

Quality hires are the first step. Making sure they’re qualified in accordance with DOT and Bray Brokerage guidelines. Maintaining driver qualification is extremely important and we strive to keep drivers satisfied as we like to keep our customers satisfied.

Whether you need to hire someone new, rehire a driver, or maintain the driver qualification file of an experienced, veteran driver, Bray Brokerage can help with a wide variety of information, including:

  • Requirements for driver qualification files
  • Driver qualification issues – rehires, owner-operators, temp drivers
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Best practices for hiring
  • Pre-employment screening programs

Ensuring compliance with driver qualified requirements starts with good hiring practices and continues with ongoing maintenance of driver qualification files.

DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing:

DOT drug and alcohol testing is not as straightforward as it may seem when you consider the following:

  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) maintain specific drug and alcohol testing requirements.
  • Some states have their own regulations that limit or add conditions to drug testing programs.
  • Legal issues are still a concern even after a drug testing program has been implemented (e.g., confidentiality, random drug testing rules, FMLA rights, liability for defamation, etc.).

Whether you need info on recordkeeping, random testing, or drug and alcohol training or testing products, Bray Brokerage can help you remain compliant.

Hours of Service- In the interest of preventing fatigue-related accidents, the hours-of-service regulations place restrictions on when and for how long drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) may be behind the wheel. For more than 15 years, change has been a constant with these regulations, with more revisions planned for the future.

The latest major rule changes, effective February 2016, will require most CMV operators to install and use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) by December 16, 2017. These devices will have to be used in place of paper logs to record drivers’ hours of service. They automatically record driving time and certain other data, and facilitate the completion of logs.

New requirements for supporting documents will also go into force in December 2017, affecting all motor carriers and CMV drivers, whether using ELDs or not. The new rules include specific requirements for the types of supporting documents that must be kept.

Bray Brokerage will help you stay on top of the latest HOS developments through our news alerts and up-to-date reference materials. As a top supplier of ELDs, log books, training materials, and log auditing solutions, we can also help you comply with HOS regulations and keep your CSA scores low.

The U.S. federal hours-of-service regulations, with a few exceptions, apply to all motor carriers, drivers, and CMVs that transport property or passengers in interstate commerce. In-state requirements may vary.

Licensing, Permitting & Reporting – Some of the more complicated commercial motor vehicle (CMV) rules and regulations revolve around trip permits, IFTA fuel tax, fleet taxes, and vehicle licensing. Along with Federal laws and regulations, carriers must also be aware of the legal requirements each state imposes on CMVs, such as state-specific size/weight limits and intrastate operating authority.