Amazon Relay is a viable platform that offers carriers the opportunity to leverage Amazon’s network, technology, and safety-first culture to establish and grow their business. This tool makes it less daunting for trucking companies and owner-operators to find, book, and transport loads for Amazon.

With Amazon Relay, you get access to the Relay Load Board, accept loads, assign drivers to loads, track your performance and view payment information.

This app is a load board developed by Amazon, but unlike most load boards that act as the middleman between the person requiring goods shipped and a carrier, Amazon tends to act as the company that wants the goods shipped from point A to point B. Amazon believes that combining the flexibility of the spot market with the consistency of their own market will ensure that fleet drivers have steady loads to haul and are also very satisfied.

All Relay partners are expected to use Amazon Relay products when hauling loads for the company. Carriers or drivers can leverage the app to report a disruption or delay to their dispatcher, especially in a situation where the truck driver encounters a scenario that will make the deadline challenging to be met.

Additionally, and perhaps the most interesting feature of the app, is that Amazon tends to automatically generate invoices, proof of delivery, and bills of lading for all deliveries made through the application. Companies looking to signup with the Amazon Relay program are expected to meet certain notable requirements. For one, you will need insurance especially since it is a primary requirement for Amazon Relay owner-operators.

If you don’t have adequate insurance and the right types of coverage, your application will be denied. The insurance requirement isn’t that different from other businesses that provide on-demand transportation services, like truckers and couriers.

5 Amazon Relay Insurance Requirements

Amazon’s basic insurance requirements for Relay partners include:

  1. General Liability

This is one of the most important insurance policies needed to get into business with Amazon via its Relay app. This insurance is known to cover common business risks such as customer injury, customer property damage, and advertising injury. It also safeguards your small trucking business from the high costs of lawsuits and helps you qualify for leases and contracts.

Amazon minimum requirement
  • $2 million in the aggregate
  • $1 million minimum per occurrence
  1. Commercial Auto Insurance

To sign up with Amazon Relay, all your vehicles will have to be covered by commercial auto insurance. This insurance coverage helps cater to the cost of lawsuits, property damage, medical bills, and other expenses as a result of an accident.

It safeguards your business against vehicle theft and also pays for repairs from vandalism and weather events. Most often, this policy will be tailored to align with your business. For instance, a trucking business that operates within state lines will require less coverage than a freight truck with an extensive interstate route.

Amazon Minimum Requirements
  • $1 million minimum liability per occurrence
  • $50,000 for trailer replacement coverage
  1. Cargo Liability Insurance

When you sign up with Amazon Relay, you have accepted the responsibility to protect the commodities you haul from pickup to delivery. To help limit this risk, you will be expected to purchase Cargo Liability insurance. It’s one of the first insurance policies Amazon wants to verify before letting you haul loads for them. They will want to be sure that their products are covered for the full value of the load.

Amazon minimum requirement
  • A minimum of $100,000 in coverage
  1. Worker’s Compensation

Aside from the fact that almost every state in the United States expects trucking companies to carry this insurance, have it in mind that Amazon mandates it if you have employees. But whether it’s mandatory or not, it is very advisable to purchase this insurance because if one of your drivers gets injured you will be tasked with paying the costs if you don’t have an adequate workers’ comp policy.

Amazon minimum requirement
  • Depending on the laws in your state
  1. Employer Liability

Designed to take care of expenses that fall outside the boundaries of the workers’ compensation statutes or general liability insurance, it makes available additional protection against financial loss for the company or business.

An employer liability insurance policy protects against employee claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and other employment-related issues. This coverage is usually purchased along with workers’ compensation. Most often, employers’ liability insurance is called “part 2” of a workers’ compensation policy.

Amazon Minimum Requirement
  • $100,000 minimum per occurrence

Amazon is well noted as one of the biggest retailers in the world. With Amazon, there is no shortage of loads, and this entails there’s no shortage of work. However, to sign up with Amazon Relay to haul their loads, you will have to meet their requirements. Consider reaching out to an experienced and qualified insurance agent to help ensure that your insurance meets all Amazon’s requirements.