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Dec. 2 2022
The starting point in understanding international cargo claims is that a claim is based upon a breach of contract by the carrier, not whether the carrier was negligent. This arises out of the... View More
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Oct. 26 2022
It is very important for a parcel shipper to know and follow the rules of the transportation service providers used by the shipper however named, e.g., tariffs, service guides, or terms and conditions
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May 2 2022
This installment of PARCEL Counsel is being written during the first weeks of March, 2022 when terms such as “sanctioned” or “sanctions” are very much in the news. These news... View More
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March 15 2022
Contracts and contracting have often been the topics of previous installments of PARCEL Counsel. In this issue, we will look at a category of contracts not previously considered: USPS’s Nego... View More
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Jan. 31 2022
In this installment of PARCEL Counsel, we will look at a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulation. Its title is “Mail, Internet, or Telephone Order Merchandise.” Its nickname is “the... View More
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Jan. 13 2022
In the last installment of PARCEL Counsel, we took a look at four critical points relating to shipping parcels. In this international edition of PARCEL, we will delve deeper into two of those po... View More
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Oct. 20 2021
In this installment of PARCEL Counsel, we will take a “sneak preview” of two of the presentations at this year’s PARCEL Forum. For the first time in many years, I will not be attending... View More
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Aug. 30 2021
In the previous issue of PARCEL Counsel, we looked at the first two critical elements of transportation contracting: rates and charges and limits of liability for loss and damage. In this inst... View More
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June 23 2021
Previous installments of PARCEL Counsel looked at the six rules of contracting. These rules are general principles relating to the process of contracting. In this issue, we will consider the substanti
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April 21 2021
In this column, we usually discuss laws and regulations affecting parcel shippers that are already in effect. In this installment of PARCEL Counsel, we will take a look at some pending changes... View More
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Dec. 17 2020
Over the last few years, there have been several installments of PARCEL Counsel relating to transportation contracts. Other columns have discussed issues relating to loss or damage to cargo. G... View More
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Aug. 24 2020
In theory, the payment of freight charges is a simple matter: A transportation provider sends its invoice and the shipper-customer pays it. In reality, the process is so complicated that an entire ind
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June 29 2020
In this column, we usually discuss freight. However, in this installment of PARCEL Counsel, we will explore a question relating to people, specifically, whether a governmental authority can legally fo
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May 4 2020
During 2019, three PARCEL Counsel columns focused on the most commonly used terms of sale for transactions within the United States: F.O.B. Origin and F.O.B. Destination. They may be found on the PARC
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March 13 2020
To start the new year, PARCEL Counsel will take a look at two legal developments from last year that will have an effect on parcel shippers in 2020. This begs the question: “Why do I need to... View More
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Jan. 6 2020
In the last PARCEL Counsel, we looked at several factors to consider when deciding whether an F.O.B. Origin or F.O.B. Destination term of sale is best for your company. Since then, I had the opportuni
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Dec. 23 2019
When sending goods globally, shippers need to be aware of the legal issues relating to international shipping and the risks they pose for parcel shippers. These risks include not only financia... View More
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Oct. 14 2019
In the last installment of PARCEL Counsel, we looked at the meaning of the phrases F.O.B. Origin and F.O.B. Destination. Exploring the meaning of these terms is an essential first step; howeve... View More
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Aug. 14 2019
In this installment of PARCEL Counsel, we will look at the relationships between a seller (consignor) and a buyer (consignee). While the exact nature of the contractual arrangements between buyers and
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June 7 2019
In this installment of PARCEL Counsel, we will explore how the enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) regulations through the Electroni... View More

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