Who Pays the Freight? The Shipper May not Always be Liable

June 12, 2009

WhoPaysTheFreight” A shipper is primarily liable to pay freight charges on goods shipped, whether or not it is the owner of the goods, and even where there is an express term in the bill of lading that the consignee is liable for the freight.”

Applying this well-established general legal principle, Canadian, American, and English courts have held shippers liable for freight charges in a remarkable variety of circumstances. But is the shippers’ liability to pay freight charges absolute? Can the shipper escape liability and, if so, how?

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