Has a shipper ever held you responsible for its own negligence?
Have you been told you must cover the cost of an assembly line shutdown?
Have shippers withheld legitimate freight charges to cover cargo claims?
Have you been held liable for a shipment count your driver couldn’t verify?
These are just a few actions that shippers may be able to take legally if you let them write the contract.
Federal laws and regulations give you certain protections and assurances in your dealings with shippers, but that security vanishes if you waive those protections by contract. Veteran transportation attorney Henry Seaton discusses 12 provisions shippers and brokers frequently insert into motor carrier contracts and how to respond to them