SBA Office of Advocacy visits VHI Transport

The following press release and images detail a recent visit to VHI Transport by the Office of the Advocacy within the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBA Office of Advocacy staff recently visited VHI Transport. From left are Advocacy staff Patrick Delehanty, Jason Doré, Dillon Taylor, Mitch Tyner, Bruce Gee of VHI Transport, Kristy Seaton of VHI Transport, Janis Reyes, and Bruce Lundegren. VHI Transport is a small transportation intermediary in Chester, Va. Representatives from this company were also concerned about FMCSA’s rules about SMS scores and electronic logging devices.

 

Advocacy Visits Small Transportation Company Following Virginia Roundtable

By Bruce Lundegren, Assistant Chief Counsel

The Office of Advocacy hosted a Regional Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Glen Allen, Virginia – just outside of Richmond – on Oct. 16th that attracted dozens of small businesses and their representatives who were eager to discuss federal regulations that burden small business. The meeting also featured participation by U.S. Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA 7th), who represents the district in U.S. House of Representatives.

Following the roundtable, Advocacy staff visited VHI Transport, a small transportation business located in Chester, VA.  VHI operates two distinct lines of business, a trucking transport operation and a transportation brokerage service.  Advocacy was hosted by Bruce Gee, the President and Chief Operating Officer of VHI Express (the trucking operation), and Kristy Seaton, the Chief Operating Officer of VHI Transport (the brokerage service).

Ms. Seaton explained how transportation – or freight – brokers operate.  They are the intermediaries between a shipper who has goods to transport and a carrier who is able to move that particular freight to the desired location.  While this is mostly done by truck, VHI also arranges for transit on rail, air, and barge.  While they are not a regulated transportation company, the companies they contract with are.  VHI arranges for the movement everything from agricultural products and pharmaceuticals to aggregates and electronic equipment.  While they mainly service the mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, their services cover the entire country as well as Canada and Mexico.

Ms. Seaton also demonstrated VHI’s computer system which identifies qualified transporters who are authorized and qualified to handle the particular cargo to be picked up and delivered.  There are literally thousands of companies they work with.  She also explained how they use Safer Watch, a service that tracks companies’ qualifications and links the broker to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) safety evaluation database.

Mr. Gee oversees the trucking side of the VHI operation, which has its terminal in downtown Richmond.  These are the actual trucks that carry and deliver freight.  Mr. Gee, who attended Advocacy’s Glen Allen roundtable, noted several regulatory issues that impact his business.  The two main ones are the FMCSA’s impending mandate to install and use ELDs (Electronic Logging Devices) and the FMCSA’s use of SMS (Safety Measurement System) data to evaluate carriers and drivers.  Mr. Gee would like a delay in the ELD mandate and a complete rethinking of the SMS methodology.

VHI is a woman-owned company that was established in Virginia 1977.

For further information, please contact Bruce Lundegren at 202-205-6144 or bruce.lundegren@sba.gov.




VHI Transport salutes Austin Andrs

VHI Transport is proud to celebrate Austin Andrs. Austin was invited to play in the recent Richmond City Golf championship.  This is an invitation only event with over 100 golfers. Austin opened with a 74 and played in the Championship flight.

Well done Austin!

VHI Expands Services

VHI Transport has begun coordinating and managing pool distribution programs for retail customers focused on supporting home delivery merchandise. VHI has partnered with a leading home delivery company to offer integrated truckload pools, including origin drop trailers to provide cost effective, time sensitive service in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions.

VHI Transport extensive carrier network and customer service platform offer an effective platform for the continued growth of this program.

Jeff Begin

VP, Sales & Operations

VHI Transport Mission and Commitment

Mission Statement

As a company providing transportation, brokerage and logistics, our mission at VHI Transport is to provide extraordinary services at the highest level and to be the benchmark of quality by which the transportation industry is graded.  Our diligence and reliability has earned us the reputation as being one of the best in the nation.  We strive to bring excellence to our customers, our vendors, our employees and our community.

Service

VHI Transport’s longevity, financial stability, customer commitment, execution and our employee’s passion to succeed is the backbone of our success.  The company’s goal is to not only meet our customer’s expectations, but to exceed them.  Our team’s daily ambition is to execute our mission with honesty and integrity.  We believe that having this team approach sets us apart as a distinctive leader in the industry.

Our carrier network, information platform, as well as the education provided to our employees and agents, allows our team to successfully provide the best possible transportation solutions to our customers and partners.  Our simple creed is to commit and execute.

VHI Transport handles over sized shipment with kid gloves.

Over sized Image

May 11,2015

 

Recently,  VHI Transport worked with our customer and carrier partners to secure and transport an over length, over weight shipment from Texas to California. Weighing in at over 90,000 pounds and requiring permits, escort and specialized equipment. VHI Transport delivered on time and in great condition.

If you have a unique shipment requiring a can do, out of the box solution or you just need to move freight from point A to B,  please consider VHI Transport. 

Our creative team looks forward to speaking with you and working together, to offer the cost effective solution that you require.

Contact VHI Transport and witness our focus on commitment and execution.

Thank you,

 

Jeff Begin

VHI Carrier Advantage

  • Carrier Set up: We know your time is valuable and we make it easy to do business for our carriers. Once you have completed our carrier packet and provided your insurance and authority most carriers can be set up and approved in as little as fifteen minutes.
  • Quick Pay: When we receive a clean BOL that we can bill from, we will pay with a company check (normal US mail) within 24 hours of receiving the bills for a 3% discount off the carriers total invoice with a $ 15.00 dollar minimum.
  • Signed Load Confirmations: To protect both VHI Transport and our carriers, you will receive via fax or email a load confirmation sheet showing all the details and requirements of your shipment. All load confirmations must be signed and returned prior to truck dispatch.
  • Carrier Advances: Once a truck is loaded, the driver simply faxes a copy of the bill of lading confirming load pickup. VHI transport will always contact the carrier for authorization. Advances are only issued during normal office hours. A fee of 3% of the amount advanced is assessed in most cases based on the size of the advance.

VHI Agents Wanted

Freight Broker Agent Opportunities

VHI Transport is currently seeking Independent Freight Agents or Individuals who would like to become Freight Agents. You must have a minimum of two years domestic freight brokerage experience. We pride ourselves on the strength of our customers and our employees because we believe that quality people make a quality company. We invite you to build your agency upon our profitable and solid foundation. Please select the area that interests you. If you don’t see an area available please contact us as we are always looking for new opportunities.

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