Damage Claims

The Damage Claims Committee works towards creating global practices related to finished vehicles damaged in transit. The sub-committee comprised of OEM representatives meets monthly to discuss opportunities to streamline and standardize processes.  The Main Committee comprised of the sub-committee members, along with representatives from each transportation mode meets quarterly and is updated on sub-committee progress, while promoting discussion from all members to provide feedback on processes/procedures under evaluation.

DCX, GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Mazda and VW have held exploratory meetings to discuss variances in Claims filing and recovery processes. While for the most part processes are similar, carriers are confused. This forces manufacturers and carriers alike into subjective analysis and labor intensive review processes. The manufacturers have agreed to meet in a neutral forum to standardize processes reduce the complexity to the carriers, improve claims filing accuracy, and automate claim filing.

These companies are participating in this work group:


Current Participants

  • American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Glovis America
  • Nissan USA
  • TM Claim Service Inc.
  • Toyota Logistics Services
  • Volkswagen Group of America
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

M-22 FVL Transportation Damage Standards and Claims Reporting

In order to expedite the claims handling process, a set of standards and guidelines was developed to provide the necessary information for inspecting, recording, and transmitting vehicle damages. Contained within the M-22 are several documents and guidelines, all adopted by the FVL industry including but not limited to:

  • Global Damage Code Standard
  • Similarity Matrix Standard
  • Non-Transportation Damage Standard
  • Inspection Type Location Guideline

These standards have also been adopted by the American Association of Railroads, are now considered the global standard through our European partner, the European Car Transport Group (ECG).

Additional Damage Claims Publications & Resources

DMG-1 Global Vehicle Transportation Damage Codes

Laminated 6” x 3.5” pocket size cards were created to support the vehicle inspector as he/she performs the vehicle inspection during transportation. It is meant as a quick/easy reference tool to identify the correct code for each specific damage found on a vehicle during inspection. The card provides the relevant damage code, type and severity for reporting. They are offered in increments of 50 per order, and do not include the associated M-22 Damage Reporting Standards document (available separately).

M-24 Port Quality Assessment (PQA) Tool

Improve quality, prevent damage, and utilize a common standard with the Port Quality Assessment (PQA) tool. The PQA tool was developed to offer Finished Vehicle Logistics personnel a process to identify, record, and improve vehicle quality issues as the vehicle moves through any given port. Logistics service providers and manufacturers sharing common quality standards improves operational efficiencies by reducing duplication, which leads to a reduction in the damage rates and a more rapid and effective handling of the vehicles.

Program Leader: Trish Zarik - AIAG

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Publications - Order Now!

(M-22) Finished Vehicle Logistics Transport Damage Reporting Guide

(DMG-1) Global Vehicle Damage Codes Laminated Cards

(M-24) Port Quality Assessment (PQA) Tool