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Transportation Insurance Update: April 2024.
SWAN News Welcome,

Longer days are upon us and we have much to share around the SWAN team as well as industry news that may impact your business.

The effort by the California Trucking Association to keep AB5 away from California trucking took a big blow in a federal court. This may impact your business and how you classify employees and independent contractors. More detail and insights from our Commercial Transportation & Workers' Comp Specialist Amy Luong below, as you could qualify for exemptions, deductions and more.

Cross-border logistics continues to gain attention as large manufacturing companies move their operations south of the border. Led by Kevin Mealey, our cross-border division continues to expand with the addition of Raúl Gámez.

Based in Mexicali, Raúl is available for onsite yard visits - whether to help your company with safety and compliance or gather information to enhance your renewal. He is also fully-certified to administer DOT drug and alcohol tests on-site and at our Mexicali office, saving you and your team significant travel time and expense.

Knowing the impact safety education has on our clients' bottom line, SWAN Account Manager Michael Goldsmith completed and was awarded his Certified Safety Supervisor (CSS) designation from the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI).

With his extensive experience around managing motor fleet safety programs, Michael can further help you with driver hiring and retention, employee injury control and prevention, DOT/OSHA record keeping and carrying out more safety, policy and program directives, keeping your fleet on the road and earning.

Raúl and Michael recently joined Kevin at AgroSQ in San Quintín, Baja California, connecting with agriculture service provider companies and producers. More intel below.

SWAN Director of Transportation Marc Crawford recently sat down with Bambi (AI-optimized routing and dispatching software) CEO Nirav Chheda about everything new NEMT businesses need to know. You can watch their chat by clicking here.

As small business owners, we empathize with your challenges and know the industry can be moving and changing at an overwhelming pace. We invite you to contact us so we can help you turn the unknown into opportunities and Sleep Well At Night.

Until then, we wish you continued success and are here when you need us.

Thank you,
Chris Mahlberg
Chris Mahlberg, TRS
Founder & Owner
SWAN Insurance
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SWAN News Meet Raúl Gámez
SWAN's Baja-Based Marketing Manager

At SWAN, we take great pride in our highly-specialized team and recently welcomed Raúl to our Mexicali office, helping us expand upon benefits for our cross-border clients.

Having attended law school and working previously as a trucking company dispatcher, Raúl is very familiar with the practical needs of our clients, helping them maintain safe, compliant, efficient fleets.

"As I was growing up, my family taught me very important values. My mother was a saleswoman who taught me to sell with integrity and passion. My sister inspires me to do my best every single day. Now as a man, I really like who I've become. I'm very excited to apply these lifelong principles on this opportunity with SWAN."

We are grateful for Raúl joining the SWAN team as we celebrate work anniversaries this month for Rafael, Kevin, Marc, and Amy. We look forward to this next chapter and invite you to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Video: Amy Luong covers classification code opportunities Independent Contractors & Employees in Trucking

AB5 was passed and signed in the first half of 2019, setting the ABC test to determine who is legitimately an independent contractor. You can view the timeline of events at this article under the "How we got here" heading.

SWAN's Commercial Transportation & Workers' Comp Specialist Amy Luong recently shared a video pointing out inaccurate classifications causing business owners to pay higher than necessary premiums.

With many fleets paying 5-10% more on average than the required workers' comp rate, Amy can help you determine what exemptions and deductions you may qualify for while helping you properly classify your team into the best group code.

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I have been working with Chris Mahlberg for so long and I have never had any problems. They are so respectful, so responsible, and very happy people. I will recommend them to all my family and friends. - Mike Ali
SWAN Seguros Return from AgroSQ

Kevin Mealey, Michael Goldsmith, and Raúl Gámez just returned from the AgroSQ expo in San Quintin, Baja California.

While connecting with clients and industry partners, there was much talk about the growth in US-Mexico trade this year.

Paramount to winning cross-border contracts is a fleet's risk management strategy and volume of asset allocation. If this sounds like new territory or you need help optimizing your business for winning cross-border business, contact us today.

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