Packing Requirements

Shipments must be in barrels, baskets, boxes, cartons, crates, hampers or kegs, sacked or wrapped, and any shipment or part thereof deemed by the Forwarder to be not in proper condition for safe transportation will be refused. Products must be packaged such that it must bear its own weight when stacked from the floor to the ceiling of a trailer on pallets. Further, products must withstand warehouse and terminal crossdock handling, loading and unloading.
 
Any shipment or part thereof deemed by Forwarder or the Carrier not to be in proper condition for safe transportation will be refused. However, failure of Forwarder or the Carrier(s) to reject a shipment that does not comply will not make Forwarder or such Carrier(s) responsible for loss, damage, or injury resulting from improper loading, packing or securing. Where Forwarder or the Carrier undertakes to re-package, re-wrap, re-load, re-block or re-brace or otherwise re-furbish a shipment, Customer will be charged $2.00 per hundred pounds, subject to a $25.00 pallet minimum and $25.00 shipment minimum.
 
In no instance should the gross weight of the container and its contents exceed state and federal laws governing weight. Customer has the responsibility to assure that the Consignor and/or Beneficial Owner adequately loads, blocks, and braces the shipment.
 
Containers are designed for uniform weight distribution. Lading weight in containers must be evenly distributed both crosswise and lengthwise. It must be equally distributed between the rear tires and the king pin.
 
Lading is to be secured in such a manner to prevent it from shifting either crosswise or lengthwise during transport where it would affect safe weight distribution or position in the container. Lading shall always meet all applicable Federal and State standards.
 
In loading heavy or concentrated weight commodities, no more than 25,000 pounds may be uniformly distributed over any 10 linear feet within the container. On lading with small supporting bases, no more than 3,500 pounds may be concentrated on a floor area of less than 25 square inches (minimum dimension 3.1 inches by 8 inches) with such areas no closer than 35 inches to one another. Container doors are not designed or constructed to restrain longitudinal movement of lading under normal railroad operating conditions. Lading must be loaded and restrained adequately to prevent it from exerting excessive pressures against doors, walls, or ends of trailers/containers that might cause their failure.
 
Customer, Consignor and Beneficial Owner are liable to Forwarder or any other involved party for damages, personal injuries, or death resulting from failure to comply with equipment specifications and loading standards as contained in the Uniform Freight Classification and/or from a failure of the Customer, Consignor, or Beneficial Owner to load and brace the lading properly; if such defect or failure is a proximate cause of the damage, injury, or death. Acceptance of a sealed trailer or container by any underlying Carrier for transportation does not constitute a waiver of Forwarder’s right to seek indemnity from Customer, Consignor or Beneficial Owner for noncompliance with its obligations.
 
Customer agrees to indemnify and hold Forwarder harmless from the loss or damage described above and for the cost of defending claims or suits filed against Forwarder for such damage, including reasonable attorney fees and costs incurred, including attorney’s fees and cost for enforcement of this agreement.