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Understanding FMCSA’s Provisional Cargo Securement Exemption: Eclipse DOT Insights

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Hey, what’s up everybody! Buckle up and hold on tight because we’re about to take you on a wild ride through the latest industry scoop, courtesy of your pals at Eclipse DOT. Today, we’re unpacking the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s (FMCSA) provisional cargo securement exemption and what it means for businesses like yours that roll on the daily.

What’s the Buzz About?

Well, well, well, look who’s making waves in the transportation world! FMCSA has just granted a provisional renewal of the cargo securement exemption to the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC). And what does that mean for you? It means you can now secure your agricultural goodies—think wood and plastic boxes, bins, big ol’ fiberglass tubs, and bundled hay, straw, and cotton bales—using some clever new methods. AFTC’s genius plan is to take safety standards and crank them up to eleven.

  • FMCSA’s given AFTC the green light to try some new tricks with cargo securement.
  • We’re talking wood and plastic boxes, bins, big fiberglass tubs, and more!
  • AFTC’s alternative methods are set to make your safety standards soar.

The Timeline and Details

Flashback to 2015: AFTC decides it’s time to shake things up and applies for this exemption. Fast forward to 2019, and FMCSA says, “You got it!” and grants them a five-year pass. Now, here we are in the present day, and AFTC’s asking for an encore. FMCSA, ever the considerate host, has given a provisional extension until October 15 to gather more feedback and safety data. It’s like the suspenseful season finale of your favorite show!

  • AFTC first threw their hat in the ring back in 2015.
  • FMCSA gave them the thumbs up in 2019 for five glorious years.
  • Now, with a provisional extension until October 15, we’re all waiting to see what’s next.

Why Does It Matter?

Alright, folks, here’s the skinny: If you’re running fleets and logistics, this exemption is your golden ticket to try out some fresh, innovative securement methods. It’s all about boosting your efficiency and safety—think of it as upgrading from a flip phone to the latest smartphone. Just remember, while these new methods are cool, you still gotta stick to all those other FMCSA rules. No slacking off!

  • This exemption is your VIP pass to new securement methods.
  • Get ready to supercharge your efficiency and safety.
  • But don’t forget, those FMCSA rules are still your BFFs—stick to them!

Eclipse DOT’s Perspective

Here at Eclipse DOT, we’re not just about following the rules; we’re about making them work for you. We see this exemption as a big win for flexibility, allowing you to mix things up while keeping your safety game strong. Our team of experts is here to be your trusty sidekick, guiding you through this regulatory adventure with a wink and a smile.

  • Eclipse DOT is cheering on this regulatory flexibility.
  • Our mission? To help you navigate these changes with style and safety.
  • Count on us to be your go-to gurus for all things DOT compliance.

What’s Next?

Hey, don’t just sit there—get involved! FMCSA wants to hear from you, and they’re taking public comments on the exemption until July 18. Got an opinion, a suggestion, or just wanna say hi? Now’s your chance! You can submit comments by clicking here or head over to and punch in FMCSA-2017-0319-0008 to share your thoughts. Don’t miss out!


So, there you have it—FMCSA’s provisional cargo securement exemption is more than just a rule; it’s a golden opportunity to boost your trucking and logistics game. And who’s got your back through all this? That’s right, Eclipse DOT! We’re here to arm you with the insights, the expertise, and the occasional joke to help you navigate these changes like a pro.

Stay informed, stay compliant, and let’s drive forward together toward a future where transportation isn’t just about getting from point A to point B—it’s about leading the way with style and safety. Let’s roll!

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