Sept. 21 2023
On July 9, 2023, updates to the United States Postal Service’s Publication 52: Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail, took effect. The update includes new requirements for how... View More
Sept. 14 2023
We last looked at this topic in the November 2008 issue of PARCEL. As reported there, a Google search using the term “transportation law” yielded over 12,000,000 results. The same search... View More
July 7 2023
In December 2022, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) published a thoroughly revised Uniform Straight Bill of Lading as part of the National Motor Freight Classification (NM... View More
May 10 2023
Parcel shippers who ship hazardous (hazmat) materials in domestic or international commerce are subject to a wide variety of rules and regulations governing their shipments. By the very nature of the... View More
Feb. 22 2023
In the November/December 2022 issue of Parcel Counsel, we looked at the landmark case Hadley v. Baxendale. That column focused on consequential damages as opposed to actual damages. This begs... View More
Jan. 11 2023
The case of Hadley v. Baxendale was decided in 1854 by a court in England. Although decided nearly 170 years ago in a foreign jurisdiction, the principle announced in that case, based upon eve... View More
Dec. 6 2022
Earlier this year, the second phase of a European Union (EU) customs program called the Import Control System 2 (ICS2) Release 2 was implemented. As of March 2023, all economic operations, whi... View More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nov. 9 2020
As trade compliance gains more traction, US regulators have made it clear that having compliance policies in place is critical, regardless of the company size or the industry. The implementati... View More
Aug. 28 2020
Hazardous materials can be defined as materials that are acidic, caustic, combustible, corrosive, explosive, flammable, infectious, poisonous, radioactive, toxic, and volatile. Some items that... View More
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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