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Our History  

NASSTRAC has a long history of serving the transportation industry—founded in 1952 by a group of approximately 100 shippers who met to develop a strategy for dealing with Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments. NASSTRAC has been regularly involved with litigation to protect the interests of shippers. During its early years, NASSTRAC was primarily involved with litigation for the Federal and State regulatory agencies and in the courts to protect the interests of the LTL shippers. Our primary task was to ensure that the rules were enforced and that shippers were protected under those rules. Between 1979 and 1980, NASSTRAC was involved in legislative activity, which led to the Motor Carrier Act of 1980. We supported this move to a competitive marketplace.

Following deregulation, a number of new companies began offering trucking services, and many other LTL carriers went bankrupt. This led to the filing of billions of dollars of undercharge claims by trustees for bankrupt carriers, based upon negotiated rates not filed in compliance with the Filed Rate Doctrine. NASSTRAC not only provided advice and information to members on how to cope with undercharges, but established Defense Groups that ensured members low-cost professional legal representation to protect them against unreasonable and unfounded undercharge claims. This approach saved many members millions of dollars. NASSTRAC also played a major role in the Negotiated Rates Act of 1993 and The Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995.

Today, advocacy remains a fundamental aspect of NASSTRAC's mission. Although the issues continually change, in many instances shippers and carriers present a common voice to regulatory groups and Congress.


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