Transportation logistics and management is set up to support traditional shipping and receiving practices. From freight to air to trucking, there has always been a certain criteria of principles to work with when it comes to responsibilities. The same goes for the risks and liabilities that transportation companies face when moving products, orders, and large freight along.
Transportation liability puts carriers in the position of being responsible for the freight from the first load to the completion of delivery. But now, with individual contracts in the mix, shippers and carriers are mixing up the responsibilities of transportation and who’s liable for incidents involving cargo and property damage or injuries.
There are a number of hands that are involved throughout the entire shipping process. From shippers to carriers, agents to consignees, everyone has to know their role in moving the shipments along without issues. While having many teams and individuals involved can provide a streamlined, easy moving process, it also enhances the possibility of issues along the way, making it someone hard to prove who is liable.
It’s important for everyone involved to know the best ways to avoid issues or how to handle issues when they arise. Having accountability will increase awareness.
Liabilities in TLM
Shipping and receiving through any platform is not as easy as loading and unloading pallets, trucks or containers. It’s the shipper’s responsibility to supply everything related to data, permits, and packaging to ensure that everything is in compliance with the ports involved.
- Loss of Cargo: This can happen when physical cargo is damaged to a point that it is unredeemable or when it is disappears due to theft.
- Loss of Monies: This kind of thing doesn’t happen often, but is still a major concern that should always be considered. This happens when the customer fails to pay after part or all of the activities involved in transportation.
- Rerouting of Cargo: Mistakes happen in transportation, this much is true. But sometimes major mistakes can be very, very costly. The rerouting of cargo occurs when the documentation submitted to the carrier was incorrect and the cargo ended up in a completely different destination than intended.
- Delays Due to Improper Documentation: Incorrect cargo declarations filed can result in major shipping and forwarding delays in the TLM industry. Additionally, there are other documentation issues that can aid in the stalling or stopping of completing a shipment.
While there are a number of other liabilities that can be attributed to the responsibilities of TLM companies, documentation is the key factor in making sure everything is in order. From checking on permits to double-checking destination, it’s a major responsibility to outline the logistics of a project early on. This will save time, money, and possibly jobs for all parties involved.
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