What Is The OP-1(FF) Form For?
This application is for businesses requesting Operating Authority as a freight forwarder in interstate or foreign commerce. Freight forwarders arrange transportation of goods by FMCSA-licensed carriers. Freight forwarders also issue bills of lading to shippers and are responsible for the loss of or damage to the goods.
Who Needs The OP-1 (FF) Form?
- Freight Forwarder of Property (except Household Goods).
- Freight Forwarder of Household Goods.
What Are The Insurance Requirements for the OP-1 (FF) Form?
Freight Forwarders must fill out the OP-1 (FF) application. Once filled out and approved the freight forwarder must provide proof of public liability insurance and cargo insurance within 90 days of receiving their operating authority.
Freight Forwarders that will perform transfer, collection, or delivery service must maintain appropriate levels of bodily injury and property damage (BI & PD) insurance and environmental restoration coverage. Furthermore, the BI & PD liability insurance coverage requirements are based upon the GVWR of vehicles that will be operated and the classification of property (including hazardous materials) that will be shipped.
Freight Forwarders that will not operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) may request a waiver of BI & PD insurance requirements. In order to request a waiver, they must certify that all of the following conditions are true in the Freight Forwarder’s operations:
- Will not own or operate any motor vehicles used on highways in the transportation of property.
- Will not perform transfer, collection, or delivery services.
- Will not have motor vehicles operated under its direction and control in the performance of transfer, collection, or delivery services.
What Are The Steps That Are Necessary For The OP-1 (FF) Form?
If you have any question regarding this form, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 1-888-669-4383. Our Representatives at DOT Operating Authority await your call and we will be more than happy to assist.