The freight forwarder organizes the shipment of goods either for individuals or for companies. Forwarders are in charge of getting the goods from the location of handover to the final destination. Whilst in a single country this involves contracts with one or multiple carriers, internationally it might also involve customs and insurance issues.
As in general transport law, various international conventions, agreements and rules apply to the forwarder.
Legal advice for forwarders
Large comanies have special legal services teams that handle any cases that might involve legal proceedings and that tackle legal questions.
SMEs and other companies more often than not do not possess the financial means or infrastructure to employ a legal team. The consequence is a lack of legal advice and ultimately the loss of earnings due to unpaid invoices or ineffective defences against claims.
Transport-law.co.uk offers legal advice and representation to any company. We work cost-conscious in the best interest of our clients. In years of experience our lawyers have won litigation against some of the biggest transport and logistics companies in the world.
Contact us free-of-charge for a first analysis and evaluation of your case.
Limitation of Liability
Exclusion of Liability
Principle of Liability
Duty of care, fixed costs, consolidated shipments and dealing in own name
Fault-based liability when acting as a forwarder only
Period of Liability
Scope of Liability
Damages to goods (loss, damage)
Damages due to delay
Limits on Liability
Through terms and conditions between 2 and40 SDR per kg
Individual agreements - without limitations
Liability as an agent entirely dispositive
No limitation on liability
Complaint period for defects
Apparent defects: as of handover
Non-apparent defects: 7 days as of handover
Exceeding of delivery time: 21 days as of handover
Exclusion of liability
- Inevetible event
- Flawed labelling or packaging, error by principle whilst loading or un-loading
- Lack of fault on part of agent