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TIA GUARANTEED PAYMENT PROGRAM BENEFITS TRANSPORTATION BROKERS AND
         CARRIERS WITH LIMITS BEYOND THE REQUIRED $10,000 BOND

CHICAGO — Through Avalon Risk Management, Inc., transportation brokers can apply for the
Transportation Intermediary Association’s (TIA) new Guaranteed Payment Program (GPP).

The GPP is a new program guaranteeing payment to carriers, shippers or other third-party logistics
companies up to a total limit of either $25,000 or $100,000. The bond is underwritten by Lincoln General
Insurance Company (LGIC), Avalon’s sister company.

Property brokers can provide a competitive advantage with the GPP by offering their carriers excess
protection over the $10,000 bond required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
to conduct business. Should carriers or shippers file a claim for more than $10,000, a transportation
broker participating in the GPP would be able to cover the excess claim amount up to $25,000 or a
maximum of $100,000 depending on the size of the bond a property broker secures.

Joining the TIA Platinum Performance Program (P3) and the AMTEX Surety Program is required for
GPP participation. For an application or more information, visit www.avalonrisk.com.

Avalon also offers insurance coverage for third-party logistics companies through our exclusive
Combined Transit Liability (CTL) program. Avalon’s CTL program, the only one of its kind endorsed by
the TIA, provides full protection for transportation brokers by combining Errors and Omissions insurance
with Contingent Cargo and/or Contingent Auto Liability coverage options.

The TIA is a professional organization of the $114 billion third-party logistics industry. Representing
transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce,
the TIA provides resources and education to help businesses maintain profitability and better manage the
growth of its member companies. To promote high standards of professionalism, TIA members are asked
to sign a strict national code of ethics ensuring they adhere to the highest standards in the industry.

Avalon Risk Management, Inc. is a premier provider of insurance and surety solutions for the logistics
industry. Local service is provided through nine offices in major United States port cities. Products
include: Surety Bonds, Marine Cargo Insurance, Professional Liability, Business Insurance and Truck
Insurance. Avalon is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kingsway Financial Services, Inc., publicly traded as
“KFS” on the NYSE and TSE.

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