The subject addressed is the importance of legal distinctions for brokers, warehousemen and carriers. At any point in time, a company can be found to be acting as either a broker, a freight forwarder, a carrier, a warehouseman or a shipper. These are important legal distinctions that can make a real difference in making classifications for purposes of determining liability for cargo claims, accident claims and demurrage and detention claims. This article deals with four recognized classification distinctions (Warehouseman vs. Freight Forwarder, Transportation Broker vs. Transportation Freight Forwarder, Transportation Broker vs. Carrier and Consignee vs. Warehouseman) and suggests steps that should be taken to avoid unintended liability.
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