Shipping Terms & Conditions
I authorize WIL SHIPPING to act on my behalf in arranging transportation for my vehicle(s). I acknowledge that WIL SHIPPING LLC does not own the subcontracted transportation or loading company and does not have control over the quality of the service or delays in pickup and/or delivery, therefore, will not be held responsible for any damages/losses that may occur before, during, or after transportation nor timeliness of delivery.
WIL Shipping LLC is acting as a freight forwarder, and will not be responsible for any damages/theft before, during or after the shipping process. WIL Shipping limits its liability to no more than $50 per consignment. Claims have to be resolved with the insurance firm, if insurance was added.
WIL SHIPPING LLC will provide client with the transport company name and contact information should an inconvenience result due to the transportation. Although WIL SHIPPING will use reasonable efforts to check insurance information, and D.O.T. registration supplied by the subcontracted transportation company, it will hold no liability for falsified or counterfeit information provided. If a claim arises during or after the shipment of the vehicle(s), the client acknowledges that claims for damage or other issues will be solely pursued by the customer against the transporting company and not against WIL SHIPPING LLC. WIL SHIPPING LLC retains no legal liability or any other liability for claims arising during or after the shipment of the vehicle(s).
(a) Scope of Agreement: This agreement, General Release, and Covenant Not to Sue (“Agreement”), covers all understandings between the Customer and WIL Shipping LLC relating to customer’s desire to have cargo/machinery packed, shipped, loaded, transported, secured, braced, lifted, broken down, opened, inspected segregated and/or inventoried by WIL Shipping LLC.
(b) Customer Consideration: By accepting this agreement the Customer unconditionally releases, discharges, waives, and holds WIL Shipping LLC harmless from each and every potential claim, cause of action, right, liability, or demand of any kind and nature, whether or not presently known to exist, including, without limitation, those claims arising from the request of packing, shipping, loading, transporting, securing, bracing, lifting, breaking down, opening, inspecting and/or taking physical inventory of customer’s cargo/machinery. This general release is a full and final bar to any claims Customer may have against WIL Shipping LLC. Customer also unconditionally releases, discharges, waives, and holds harmless WIL Shipping LLC from each and every potential claim relating to cargo damage and/or shortages discovered or caused as a result (a) of cargo removal from original packaging (b) stacking, modifying, lifting and securing cargo/machinery to fit on deck or in container. Customer understands that there will be fees associated with the re-handling of cargo/machinery at destination specially to unpack, unload/offload. Customer understands that vehicles loaded on deck will be driven, strapped down and as a result mileage will increase, and wheels might loosen or get marks from straps. Customer understands that any type of cargo including vehicles/boats/machinery loaded in container might be handled with an equipment such as forklift, lifted, hanged, wheels deflated or removed to make them fit inside the container with other cargo for same customer if FCL or other customers if LCL(Shared Containers) and WIL Shipping LLC holds no liability to Damage resulting from the handling.
Customer further agrees that WIL Shipping LLC shall be entitled to recover its attorney’s fees and expenses in any action arising from or relating to enforcement of any provision of this Agreement in which WIL Shipping LLC prevails on any or all issues presented, including attorney’s fees and costs incident to an appeal. Customer also specifically agrees that Customer will be responsible for Customer’s own attorney’s fees and that Customer unconditionally releases and discharges WIL Shipping LLC from any claim for attorney’s fees incurred by Customer or on Customer’s behalf.
(c) Time to Consider: Customer acknowledges that, before knowingly and voluntarily signing this, General Release, and Covenant Not To Sue, Customer has read it, has been given a reasonable and sufficient time period within which to consider it, and fully understands its terms, content and effect.
(d) Adequacy of Consideration: The parties further acknowledge the adequacy of the additional consideration provided herein by each to the other, that this is a legally binding document, and that they intend to be bound by and faithful to its terms.
BILL OF LADING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
a) “Bill of Lading” as used herein includes conventional bills of lading, as well as electronic, express and laser bills of lading, sea waybills and all like documents, howsoever generated, covering the Carriage of Goods hereunder, whether or not issued to the Merchant.
b) “Carriage” means the whole of the operations and services undertaken or performed by or on behalf of the Carrier with respect to the Goods.
c) “Carrier” means the Company named on the face side hereof and on whose behalf this Bill of Lading was issued, whether acting as carrier or bailee.
d) “Charges” means freight, deadfreight, demurrage and all expenses and money obligations incurred and payable by the Merchant.
e) “Container” means any container (closed or open top), van, trailer, flatbed, transportable tank, railroad car, vehicle, flat, flatrack, pallet, skid, platform, cradle, sling-load or any other article of transport.
f) “Goods” means the cargo received from the shipper and described on the face side hereof and any Container not supplied by or on behalf of the Carrier.
g) “Merchant” means the shipper, consignee, receiver, holder of this Bill of Lading, owner of the cargo or person entitled to the possession of the cargo and the servants and agents of any of these, all of whom shall be jointly and severally liable to the Carrier for the payment of all Charges, and for the performance of the obligations of any of them under this Bill of Lading.
h) “On Board” or similar words endorsed on this Bill of Lading mean that in a Port to Port movement, the Goods have been loaded on board the Vessel or are in the custody of the actual ocean carrier; and in the event of Intermodal transportation, if the originating carrier is an inland or coastal carrier, means that the Goods have been loaded on board rail cars or another mode of transport at the Place of Receipt or are in the custody of a Participating carrier and en route to the Port of Loading named on the reverse side.
i) “Participating carrier” means any other carrier by water, land or air, performing any part of the Carriage, including inland carriers, whether acting as sub-carrier, connecting carrier, substitute carrier or bailee.
j) “Person” means an individual, a partnership, a body corporate or any other entity of whatsoever nature.
k) “Vessel” means the ocean vessel named on the face side hereof, and any substitute vessel, feedership, barge, or other means of conveyance by water used in whole or in part by the Carrier to fulfill this contract.
The Merchant warrants that in agreeing to the Terms and Conditions hereof, it is, or is the agent and has the authority of, the owner or person entitled to the possession of the Goods or any person who has a present or future interest in the Goods. When the Merchant instructs or as a matter of course permits the Carrier or its agents to prepare and release one or more original Bills of Lading to the consignee, the Merchant understands and agrees that such instruction or course of dealing, once provided or allowed, is irrevocable by the Merchant regarding this shipment, and the Carrier is without any responsibility or liability upon delivery of the cargo pursuant to said instruction or course of dealing and any and all revocations by the Merchant to be completely null and void.
a) Except where the Carriage covered by this Bill of Lading is to or from a port or locality where there is in force a compulsorily applicable ordinance or statute similar in nature to the International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to Bills of Lading, dated at Brussels, August 25, 1924, the provisions of which cannot be departed from, this Bill of Lading shall have effect subject to the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act of the United States (COGSA), approved April 16, 1936, and nothing herein contained, unless otherwise stated, shall be deemed a surrender by the Carrier of any of its rights, immunities, exemptions, limitations or exonerations or an increase of any of its responsibilities or liabilities under COGSA or, as the case may be, such ordinances or statutes. The provisions of COGSA or such compulsorily applicable ordinances or statutes (except as otherwise specifically provided herein) shall govern before loading on and after discharge from the vessel and throughout the entire time the Goods or Containers or other packages are in the care, custody and/or control of the Carrier, its agents, servants, Participating carriers or independent contractors (inclusive of all subcontractors), whether engaged by or acting for the Carrier or any other person, and during the entire time the Carrier is responsible for the Goods.
b) The Carrier shall not be liable in any capacity whatsoever for any delay, non-delivery, misdelivery, acts of thieves, hijacking, act of God, force majeure, quarantine, strikes or lockouts, riots or civil disobedience or any other loss or damage to or in connection with the Goods or Containers or other packages occurring at any time contemplated under subdivision a) of this Clause.
c) The Carrier shall, irrespective of which law is applicable under subdivision a) of this Clause, be entitled to the benefit of the provisions of Sections 4281 to 4287 inclusive, and 4289 of the Revised Statutes of the United States and amendments thereto from time to time made (46 U.S. Code, Sections 181 through 188), as if the same were expressly set forth herein, including but not limited to the Fire Statute, R.S. 4282 (46 U.S. Code, Section 182).
d) The rights, defenses, exemptions, limitations of and exonerations from liability and immunities of whatsoever nature provided for in this Bill of Lading shall apply in any action or proceeding against the Carrier, its agents and servants and/or any Participating carrier or independent contractor.
4. THROUGH TRANSPORTATION.
When either the Place of Receipt or Place of Delivery set forth herein is an inland point or place other than the Port of Loading (Through Transportation basis), the Carrier will procure transportation to or from the sea terminal and such inland point(s) or place(s) and, notwithstanding anything in this Bill of Lading, but always subject to Clause 4 hereof, the following shall apply:
a) If the loss or damage arose during a part of the carriage herein made subject to COGSA or other legislation, as set forth in Clause 4 a) hereof, said legislation shall apply.
b) If the loss or damage not falling within a) above, but which concerns compulsorily applicable laws and would have applied if the Merchant had made a separate and direct contract with the Carrier, a Participating carrier or independent contractor, as referred to in Clause 4 a), then the liability of the Carrier, Participating carrier and independent contractor, their agents and servants, shall be subject to the provisions of such law. If it should be determined that the Carrier bears any responsibility for loss or damage occurring during the care, custody and/or control of any Participating carrier or independent contractor, and be subject to law compulsorily applicable to their bills of lading, receipts, tariffs and/or law, then the Carrier shall be entitled to all rights, defenses, immunities, exemptions, limitations of and exonerations from liability of whatsoever nature accorded under such bill of lading, receipt, tariff and/or applicable law, provided however, that nothing contained herein shall be deemed a surrender by the Carrier of any of its rights, defenses and immunities or an increase of any of its responsibilities or liabilities under this Bill of Lading, the Carrier’s applicable tariff or laws applicable or relating to such Carriage.
5. SUBCONTRACTING: BENEFICIARIES.
a) The Carrier shall be entitled to subcontract on any terms the whole or any part of the Carriage, loading, unloading, storing, warehousing, handling and any and all duties whatsoever undertaken by it in relation to the Goods or Containers.
b) It is understood and agreed that if it should be adjudged that any person or entity other than or in addition to the Carrier is under any responsibility with respect to the Goods, all exemptions, limitations of and exonerations from liability provided by law or by the Terms and Conditions hereof shall be available to all Carrier’s agents, servants, employees, representatives, all Participating (including inland) carriers and all stevedores, terminal operators, warehousemen, crane operators, watchmen, carpenters, ship cleaners, surveyors and all independent contractors whatsoever. In entering into this contract, the Carrier, to the extent of these provisions, does so not only on its own behalf but also as agent and trustee for the aforesaid persons.
c) The Carrier undertakes to procure such services as necessary and shall have the right at its sole discretion to select any mode of land, sea or air transport and to arrange participation by other carriers to accomplish the total or any part of the carriage from Port of Loading to Port of Discharge or from Place of Receipt to Place of Delivery, or any combination thereof, except as may be otherwise provided herein.
d) No agent or servant of the Carrier or other person or class named in subdivision b) hereof shall have power to waive or vary any of the terms hereof unless such waiver or variation is in writing and is specifically authorized or ratified in writing by an officer or director of the Carrier having actual authority to bind the Carrier to such waiver or variation.
6. MERCHANT’S RESPONSIBILITY: DESCRIPTION OF GOODS.
a) The description and particulars of the Goods set out on the face hereof and any description, particular or other representation appearing on the Goods or documents relating thereto are furnished by the Merchant, and the Merchant warrants to the Carrier that the description, particulars and any representation made, including, but not limited to, weight, content, measure, quantity, quality, condition, marks, numbers and value are correct.
b) The Merchant warrants it has complied with all applicable laws, regulations and requirements of Customs, port and other authorities and shall bear and pay all duties, taxes, fines, imposts, expenses and losses incurred or suffered by reason thereof or by reason of any illegal, incorrect or insufficient marking, numbering, addressing or any other particulars relative to the Goods.
c) The Merchant further warrants that the Goods are packed in a manner adequate to withstand the ordinary risks of Carriage having regard to their nature and in compliance with all laws, regulations and requirements which may be applicable.
d) No Goods which are or may become dangerous, inflammable or damaging or which are or may become liable to damage any property or person whatsoever shall be tendered to the Carrier for Carriage without the Carrier’s prior express consent in writing and without the Container or other article of transport in which the Goods are to be transported and the Goods being distinctly marked on the outside so as to indicate the nature and character of any such articles and as to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and requirements. If any such articles are delivered to the Carrier without such written consent and marking or if, in the opinion of the Carrier, the articles are or are liable to become of a dangerous, inflammable or damaging nature, the same may at any time be destroyed, disposed of, abandoned or rendered harmless without compensation to the Merchant and without prejudice to the Carrier’s right to Charges.
e) The Merchant shall be liable for all loss or damage of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to, contamination, soiling, detention and demurrage before, during and after the Carriage of property (including but not limited to Containers) of the Carrier or any person (other than the Merchant) or vessel caused by the Merchant or any person acting on its behalf or for which the Merchant is otherwise responsible.
f) The Merchant shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Carrier against any loss, damage, claim, liability or expense whatsoever arising from any breach of the provisions of this Clause 7 or from any cause in connection with the Goods for which the Carrier is not responsible.
Goods may be stuffed by the Carrier in or on Containers, and may be stuffed with other goods. Containers, whether stuffed by the Carrier or received fully stuffed, may be carried on or under deck without notice, and the Merchant expressly agrees that cargo stuffed in a Container and carried on deck is considered for all legal purposes to be cargo stowed under deck. Goods stowed in Containers on deck shall be subject to the legislation referred to in Clause 4. hereof and will contribute in General Average and receive compensation in General Average, as the case may be.
The Terms and Conditions of this Bill of Lading shall govern the responsibility of the Carrier with respect to the supply of a Container to the Merchant.
If a Container has been stuffed by or on behalf of the Merchant, the Carrier, any Participating carrier, all independent contractors and all persons rendering any service whatsoever hereunder shall not be liable for any loss or damage to the Goods, Containers or other packages or to any other goods caused (1) by the manner in which the Container has been stuffed and its contents secured, (2) by the unsuitability of the Goods for carriage in Containers or for the type of Container requested by and furnished to the Merchant, or (3) condition of the Container furnished, which the Merchant acknowledges has been inspected by it or on its behalf before stuffing and sealing.
The Merchant shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Carrier, Participating carriers, independent contractors, their agents and servants, against any loss, damage, claim, liability or expense whatsoever arising from one or more of the matters covered by a), b) and c) above.
8. CONTAINERS WITH REEFER APPARATUS.
Containers with temperature or atmosphere control apparatus for refrigeration will not be furnished unless contracted for expressly in writing at time of booking and, when furnished, may entail increased Charges. In the absence of an express request, it shall be conclusively presumed that the use of a dry container is appropriate for the Goods.
Merchant must provide Carrier with desired temperature range in writing at time of booking and insert same on the face side of the Bill of Lading, and where so provided, Carrier is to exercise due diligence to maintain the temperature within a range of plus or minus 5 degrees Fahrenheit of the temperature requested by the Merchant on the face hereof while the Containers are in its care, custody and/or control or that of any Participating carrier or independent contractor, their agents or servants. The Carrier does not accept any responsibility for the functioning of temperature or atmosphere-controlled Containers not owned or leased by Carrier or for latent defects not discoverable by the exercise of due diligence.
Where the Container is stuffed or partially stuffed by or on behalf of the Merchant, the Merchant warrants that it has properly pre-cooled the Container, that the Goods have been properly stuffed and secured within the Container and that the temperature controls have been properly set prior to delivery of the Container to the Carrier, its agents, servants, or any Participating carrier or independent contractor. The Merchant accepts responsibility for all damage or loss of whatsoever nature resulting from a breach of any of these warranties, including but not limited to other cargo consolidated in the Container with the Merchant’s Goods or to any other cargo, property or person damaged or injured as a result thereof, and the Merchant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold the Carrier, Participating carriers and independent contractors, their agents and servants, harmless from and against all claims, suits, proceedings and other consequences thereof regardless of their nature and merit.
9. OPTION OF INSPECTION.
The Carrier and any Participating carrier shall be entitled, but under no obligation, to open any Container at any time and to inspect the contents. If it thereupon appears that the contents or any part thereof cannot safely or properly be carried or carried further, either at all or without incurring any additional expense, the Carrier and Participating carrier may abandon the transportation thereof and/or take any measures and/or incur any reasonable additional expenses to continue the Carriage or to store the Goods, which storage shall be deemed to constitute due delivery under this Bill of Lading. The Merchant shall indemnify the Carrier against any reasonable additional Charges so incurred.
10. DECK CARGO.
Deck cargo (except that carried in Containers on deck) and live animals are received and carried solely at Merchant’s risk (including accident or mortality of animals), and the Carrier will not in any event be liable for any loss or damage for or from which he is exempt, immune or exonerated by applicable law, or from any other cause whatsoever not due to the fault of the Carrier, any warranty of seaworthiness in the premises being hereby waived, and the burden of proving liability being in all respects upon the Merchant. Except as may be otherwise provided, such shipments shall be deemed Goods and shall be subject to all Terms and Conditions of this Bill of Lading.
11. METHODS AND ROUTES OF TRANSPORTATION.
With respect to the Goods or Containers or other packages, the Carrier may at any time and without notice to the Merchant:
a) use any means of transport (water, land and/or air) or storage whatsoever;
b) forward, transship or retain on board or carry on another vessel or conveyance or by any other means of transport than that named on the reverse side hereof;
c) carry Goods on or under deck at its option;
d) proceed by any route in its sole and absolute discretion and whether the nearest, most direct, customary or advertised route or in or out of geographical rotation;
e) proceed to or stay at any place whatsoever once or more often and in any order or omit calling at any port, whether scheduled or not;
f) store, vanned or devanned, at any place whatsoever, ashore or afloat, in the open or covered;
g) proceed with or without pilots;
h) carry livestock, contraband, explosives, munitions, warlike stores, dangerous or hazardous Goods or Goods of any and all kinds;
i) drydock or stop at any unscheduled or unadvertised port for bunkers, repairs or for any purpose whatsoever;
j) discharge and require the Merchant to take delivery, vanned or devanned;
k) comply with any orders, directions or recommendations given by any government or authority or by any person or body acting or purporting to act with the authority of any government or authority or having under the terms of the insurance on the Vessel or other conveyance employed by the Carrier, the right to give such orders, directions or recommendations.
l) take any other steps or precautions as may appear reasonable to the Carrier under the circumstances.
The liberties set out in subdivisions a) through l) may be invoked for any purpose whatsoever even if not connected with the Carriage covered by this Bill of Lading, and any action taken or omitted to be taken, and any delay arising therefrom, shall be deemed to be within the contractual and contemplated Carriage and not be an unreasonable deviation.
In no circumstance whatsoever shall the Carrier be liable for direct, indirect or consequential loss, profit of any kind or damage caused by delay or any reason whatsoever.
12. MATTERS AFFECTING PERFORMANCE.
In any situation whatsoever and wheresoever occurring and whether existing or anticipated before commencement of, during or after the Carriage, which in the judgment of the Carrier is likely to give rise to any hindrance, risk, capture, seizure, detention, damage, delay, difficulty or disadvantage or loss to the Carrier or any part of the Goods, or make it unsafe, imprudent, impracticable or unlawful for any reason to receive, keep, load, carry or discharge them or any part of them or commence or continue the Carriage at the Port of Discharge or of the usual or intended place of discharge or Delivery, or to give rise to danger, delay or difficulty of whatsoever nature in proceeding by the usual or intended route, the Carrier and any Participating carrier, without notice to the Merchant, may decline to receive, keep, load, carry or discharge the Goods, or may discharge the Goods and may require the Merchant to take delivery and, upon failure to do so, may warehouse them at the risk and expense of the Merchant and Goods or may forward or transship them as provided in this Bill of Lading, or the Carrier may retain the Goods on board until the return of the Vessel to the Port of Loading or to the Port of Discharge or any other point or until such time as the Carrier deems advisable and thereafter discharge them at any place whatsoever. In such event, as herein provided, such shall be at the risk and expense of the Merchant and Goods, and such action shall constitute complete delivery and performance under this contract, and the Carrier shall be free from any further responsibility. For any service rendered as herein above provided or for any delay or expense to the Carrier, Participating carrier and/or Vessel caused as a result thereof, the Carrier shall, in addition to full Charges, be entitled to reasonable extra compensation, and shall have a lien on the Goods for same. Notice of disposition of the Goods shall be sent to the Merchant named in this Bill of Lading within a reasonable time thereafter.
All actions taken by the Carrier hereunder shall be deemed to be within the contractual and contemplated carriage and not be an unreasonable deviation.
If delivery of the Goods or Containers or other packages or any part thereof is not taken by the Merchant when and where and at such time and place as the Carrier is entitled to have the Merchant take delivery, they shall be considered to have been delivered to the Merchant, and thereafter always to be at the risk and expense of the Merchant and Goods.
If the Goods are stowed within a Container owned or leased by the Carrier, the Carrier shall be entitled to devan the contents of any such Container, whereupon the Goods shall be considered to have been delivered to the Merchant and the Carrier, may at its option, subject to its lien and without notice, elect to have same remain where they are or sent to a warehouse or other place, always at the risk and expense of the Merchant and Goods.
14. CHARGES, INCLUDING FREIGHT.
The Charges payable hereunder have been calculated on the basis of particulars furnished by or on behalf of the Merchant. The Carrier shall, at any time, be entitled to inspect, reweigh, remeasure or revalue the contents and, if any of the particulars furnished by the Merchant are found to be incorrect, the Charges shall be adjusted accordingly and the Merchant shall be responsible to pay the correct Charges and all expenses incurred by the Carrier in checking said particulars or any of them.
Charges shall be deemed earned on acceptance of the Goods or Containers or other packages for shipment by the Carrier and shall be paid by the Merchant in full, without any offset, counter claim or deduction, cargo and/or vessel or other conveyance lost, or not lost, and shall be non-returnable in any event.
The Merchant shall remain responsible for all Charges, regardless whether the Bill of Lading states, in words or symbols, that it is “Prepaid,” “to be Prepaid” or “Collect,” including, but not limited to, costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by the Carrier in pursuing Charges. Payment of Charges to a freight forwarder, broker or to anyone other than the Carrier shall not be deemed payment to the Carrier and shall be at the Merchant’s risk.
In arranging for any services with respect to the Goods, the Carrier shall be considered the exclusive agent of the Merchant for all purposes, and any payment of charges to other than the Carrier shall not, in any event, be considered payment to the Carrier.
The Merchant shall defend, indemnify and hold the Carrier, Participating carriers, independent contractors, their agents and servants, harmless from and against all liability, loss damage and expense which may be sustained or incurred relative to the above.
15. CARRIER’S LIEN.
The Carrier shall have a lien on the Goods and any documents relating thereto, inclusive of any Container owned or leased by the Merchant, as well as on any Charges of whatsoever nature due any other person, and any documents relating thereto, which lien shall survive delivery, for all sums due under this contract or any other contract or undertaking to which the Merchant was partly or otherwise involved, including, but not limited to, General Average contributions, salvage, demurrage and the cost of recovering such sums, inclusive of attorney fees. Such lien may be enforced by the Carrier by public or private sale at the expense of and without notice to the Merchant.
The Merchant agrees to defend, indemnify and hold the Carrier, Participating carriers, independent contractors, their agents and servants, harmless from and against all liability, loss, damage or expense which may be sustained or incurred by the Carrier relative to the above and the Merchant agrees to submit to the jurisdiction of any court, tribunal or other body before whom the Carrier may be brought, whether said proceeding is of a civil or criminal nature.
It is agreed that superficial rust, oxidation or any like condition due to moisture, is not a condition of damage but is inherent to the nature of the Goods. Acknowledgement of receipt of the Goods in apparent good order and condition is not a representation that such conditions of rust, oxidation or the like did not exist on receipt.
17. BOTH-TO-BLAME COLLISION.
If the Vessel on which the Goods are carried (the carrying Vessel) comes into collision with any other vessel or object (the non-carrying vessel or object) as a result of the negligence of the non-carrying vessel or object or the owner of, charterer of, or person responsible for the non-carrying vessel or object, the Merchant undertakes to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Carrier against all claims by or liability to (and any expense arising therefrom) any vessel or person in respect of any loss of or damage to, or any claim whatsoever of the Merchant paid or payable to the Merchant by the non-carrying vessel or object or the owner of, charterer of or person responsible for the non-carrying vessel or object and set off, recouped or recovered by such vessel, object or person against the Carrier, the carrying vessel or her owners or charterers. This provision is to remain in effect in other jurisdictions, even if unenforceable in the courts of the United States.
18. GENERAL AVERAGE>
a) If General Average is declared, it shall be adjusted according to the York/Antwerp Rules of 1994 and all subsequent amendments thereto from time to time made, at any place at the option of any person entitled to declare General Average, and the Amended Jason Clause as approved by BIMCO is to be considered as incorporated herein, and the Merchant shall provide such security as may be required in this connection.
b) Notwithstanding a) above, the Merchant shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Carrier, Participating carriers, independent contractors, their agents and servants, in respect of any claim (and any expense arising therefrom) of a General Average nature which may be made against the Carrier and/or any Participating carrier and shall provide such security as may be required in this connection.
c) Neither the Carrier nor any Participating carrier shall be under any obligation to take any steps whatsoever to post security for General Average or to collect security for General Average contributions due the Merchant.
19. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
Except as otherwise provided in this Clause or elsewhere in this Bill of Lading, in case of any loss or damage to or in connection with cargo exceeding in actual value the equivalent of $500 lawful money of the United States, per package, or in case of cargo not shipped in packages, per shipping unit, the value of the cargo shall be deemed to be $500 per package or per shipping unit. The Carrier’s liability, if any, shall be determined on the basis of a value of $500 per package or per shipping unit or pro rata in case of partial loss or damage, unless the nature of the cargo and valuation higher than $500 per package or per shipping unit shall have been declared by the Merchant before shipment and inserted in this Bill of Lading, and extra freight paid if required. In such case, if the actual value of the cargo per package or per shipping unit shall exceed such declared value, the value shall nevertheless be deemed to be declared value and the Carrier’s liability, if any, shall not exceed the declared value.
The words “shipping unit” shall mean each physical unitor piece of cargo not shipped in a package, including articles or things of any description whatsoever, except cargo shipped in bulk, and irrespective of the weight or measurement unit employed in calculating freight and related charges.
As to cargo shipped in bulk, the limitation applicable thereto shall be the limitation provided in Section 1304(5) of COGSA, or such other legislation, convention or law as may be applicable, and in no event shall anything herein be construed as a waiver of limitation as to cargo shipped in bulk.
Where a Container is not stuffed by or on behalf of the Carrier or the parties characterize the Container as a package or a lump sum freight is assessed, in any of these events, each Container and its contents shall be deemed a single package and Carrier’s liability limited to $500 with respect to each such package, except as otherwise provided in this Clause or elsewhere in this Bill of Lading.
In the event this provision should be held invalid during that period in which compulsory legislation shall apply of its own force and effect, such as during the tackle-to-tackle period, it shall nevertheless apply during all non-compulsory periods such as, but not limited to, all periods prior to loading and subsequent to discharge from the Vessel for which the Carrier remains responsible.
Where compulsorily applicable legislation provides a limitation less than $500 per package or shipping unit, such lesser limitation shall apply and nothing herein contained shall be construed as a waiver of a limitation less than $500.
Further, where a lesser monetary limitation is applicable, such as during handling by a Participating carrier or independent contractor and damage occurs during its or their period of care, custody, control and/or responsibility, the Carrier shall be entitled to avail itself of such lesser limitation.
20. NOTICE OF CLAIM: TIME FOR SUIT.
As to any loss or damage presumed to have occurred during the Carrier’s period of responsibility, the Carrier must be notified in writing of any such loss or damage or claim before or at the time of discharge/removal of the Goods by the Merchant or, if the loss or damage is not then apparent, within 3 consecutive days after discharge/delivery or the date when the Goods should have been discharged/delivered. If not so notified, discharge, removal or delivery, depending upon the law applicable, shall be prima facie evidence of discharge/delivery in good order by the Carrier of such Goods.
In any event, the Carrier shall be discharged from all liability of whatsoever nature unless suit is brought within 1 year after delivery of the Goods or the date when the Goods should have been delivered, provided however, that if any claim should arise during a part of the transport which is subject by applicable law and/or tariff and/or contract to a shorter period for notice of claim or commencement of suit, any liability whatsoever of the Carrier shall cease unless proper claim is made in writing and suit is brought within such shorter period.
Suit shall not be deemed “brought” unless jurisdiction is obtained over the Carrier by service of process or by an agreement to appear. In the event this provision is held invalid during that period in which compulsory legislation shall apply of its own force and effect, such as during the tackle-to-tackle period, it shall nevertheless apply during all non- compulsory periods during which the Carrier remains responsible.
21. LAW AND JURISDICTION
Governing Law shall be in accordance with Clause 4. hereof.
Jurisdiction: All disputes in any way relating to this Bill of Lading shall be determined by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, in Miami, Florida to the exclusion of the jurisdiction of any other courts in the United States or the courts of any other country, PROVIDED ALWAYS that the Carrier may in its absolute and sole discretion invoke or voluntarily submit to the jurisdiction of any other court which, but for the terms of this Bill of Lading, could properly assume jurisdiction to hear and determine such disputes, but such shall not constitute a waiver of the terms of this provision in any other instance.
WIL Shipping LLC acts as the agent of the Customer for the purpose of performing duties in connection with the entry and release of goods, post entry services, the securing of export licenses, the filing of export documentation on behalf of the Customer and the dealings with Government Agencies: as to all other services, Company acts as an independent contractor. US Customs may randomly or purposely select shipments for inspections. Inspection charges, detention, demurrage and fees will be the Customer’s liability.
Unless subject to a specific statute or international convention, all claims against WIL Shipping LLC for a potential or actual loss, must be made in writing and received by WIL Shipping LLC, within thirty (30) days of the event giving rise to claim; the failure to give WIL Shipping LLC timely notice shall be a complete defense to any suit or action commenced by Customer.
All suits against Company must be filed and properly served on Company as follows: (i) For claims arising out of ocean transportation, within thirty (30) days from the date of the loss; (ii) For claims arising out of air transportation, within ten (10) days from the date of the loss; (iii) For claims arising out of the preparation and/or submission of an import entry(s), within fifteen (15) days from the date of liquidation of the entry(s); (iv) For any and all other claims of any other type, within thirty (30) days from the date of the loss or damage.
Unless services are performed by persons or firms engaged pursuant to express written instructions from the Customer, Company shall use reasonable care in its selection of third parties, or in selecting the means, route and procedure to be followed in the handling, transportation, clearance and delivery of the shipment; advice by WIL Shipping LLC that a particular person or firm has been selected to render services with respect to the goods, shall not be construed to mean that WIL Shipping LLC warrants or represents that such person or firm will render such services nor does Company assume responsibility or liability for any action(s) and/or inaction(s) of such third parties and/or its agents, and shall not be liable for any delay or loss of any kind, which occurs while a shipment is in custody or control of a third party or the agent of a third party; all claims in connection with the Act of a third party shall be brought solely against such party and/or its agents; in connection with such claim, WIL Shipping LLC shall reasonably cooperate with the Customer, which shall be liable for any charges or costs incurred by WIL Shipping LLC.
Quotations as to fees, rates of duty, freight charges, insurance premiums or other charges given by WIL Shipping LLC to the Customer are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice; no quotation shall be binding upon WIL Shipping LLC unless WIL Shipping LLC in writing agrees to undertake the handling or transportation of the shipment at a specific rate or amount set forth in the quotation and payment arrangements are agreed to between WIL Shipping LLC and the Customer.
Customer acknowledges that it is required to review all documents and declarations prepared and/or filed with the Customs Service, other Government Agency and/or third parties, and will immediately advise WIL Shipping LLC of any errors, discrepancies, incorrect statements, or omissions on any declaration filed on Customers behalf; (b) In preparing and submitting customs entries, export declarations, applications, documentation and/or export data to the United States and/or a third party, WIL Shipping LLC relies in the correctness of all documentation, whether in written or electronic format, and all information furnished by Customer; Customer shall use reasonable care to insure the correctness of all such information and shall indemnify and hold WIL Shipping LLC harmless from any and all claims asserted and/or liability or losses suffered by reason of the Customer’s failure to disclose information or any incorrect or false statement by the Customer upon which WIL Shipping LLC reasonably relied. The Customer agrees that the Customer has an affirmative non-delegable duty to disclose any and all information required to import, export, or enter the goods.
Third parties to whom the goods are entrusted may limit liability for loss or damage; WIL Shipping LLC will request excess valuation coverage only upon specific written instructions from the Customer, which must agree to pay any charges therefor; in the absence of written instructions or the refusal of the third party to agree to a higher declared value, at Company’s discretion, the goods may be tendered to the third party, subject to the terms of the third party’s limitations of liability and/or terms and conditions of service.
Except as specifically set forth herein, WIL Shipping LLC makes no express or implied warranties in connection with its services; Subject to below, Customer agrees that in connection with any and all services performed by WIL Shipping LLC, WIL Shipping LLC shall in no event be liable for the acts of third parties;
In connection with all services performed by WIL Shipping LLC, Customer may obtain additional liability coverage, up to the actual or declared value of the shipment or transaction, by requesting such coverage and agreeing to make payment therefor, which request must be confirmed in writing by WIL Shipping LLC prior to rendering services for the covered transaction(s).
In the absence of additional coverage under above, WIL Shipping LLC’s liability shall be limited to the following: (i) where the claim arises from activities other than those relating to customs brokerage, $50.00 per shipment or transaction, or (ii) where the claim arises from activities relating to “Customs” $50.00 per entry or the amount of brokerage fees paid to WIL Shipping LLC for the entry, whichever is less. In no event shall Company be liable or responsible for consequential, indirect, incidental, statutory or punitive damages even if it has been put on notice of the possibility of such damages.
The Customer agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold WIL Shipping LLC harmless from any claims and/or liability arising from the importation or exportation of Customers merchandise and/or any conduct of the Customer, which violates any Federal, State and/or other laws, and further agrees to indemnify and hold WIL Shipping LLC harmless against any and all liability, loss, damages, costs, claims and/or expenses, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees, which WIL Shipping LLC may hereafter incur, suffer or required to pay by reason of such claims; in the event that any claim, suit or proceeding is brought against WIL Shipping LLC, it shall give notice in writing to the Customer by mail at its address on file with WIL Shipping LLC.
Company shall have a general and continuing lien on any and all property of Customer coming into Company’s actual or constructive possession or control for monies owed to Company with regard to the shipment on which the lien is claimed, a prior shipment(s) and/or both; Company shall provide written notice to Customer of its intent to exercise such lien, the exact amount of monies due and owing, as well as any on-going storage or other charges; Customer shall notify all parties having an interest in its shipment(s) of Company’s rights and/or the exercise of such lien. Unless, within thirty days of receiving notice of lien, Customer posts cash or letter of credit at sight, or, if the amount due is in dispute, an acceptable bond equal to 110% of the value of the total amount due, in favor of Company, guaranteeing payment of the monies owed, plus all storage charges accrued or to be accrued, Company shall have the right to sell such shipment(s) at public or private sale or auction and any net proceeds remaining thereafter shall be refunded to Customer.
Customer acknowledges that pursuant to Sections 508 and 509 of the Tariff Act, as amended, (19 USC § 1508 and 1509) it has the duty and is solely liable for maintaining all records required under the Customs and/or other Laws and Regulations of the United States; unless otherwise agreed to in writing, WIL Shipping LLC shall only keep such records that it is required to maintain by Statute(s) and/or Regulation(s), but not act as a “record keeper” or “record keeping agent” for Customer.
Where Company prepares and/or issues a bill of lading, Company shall be under no obligation to specify thereon the number of pieces, packages, and/or cartons, etc.; unless specifically requested to do so in writing by Customer or its agent and Customer agrees to pay for same, Company shall rely upon and use the cargo weight supplied by Customer.
These terms and conditions of service may only be modified, altered or amended in writing signed by both Customer and Company; any attempt to unilaterally modify, alter or amend same shall be null and void. In the event any Paragraph(s) and/or portion(s) hereof is found to be invalid and/or unenforceable, then in such event the remainder hereof shall remain in full force and effect.
These terms and conditions of service and the relationship of the parties shall be construed according to the laws of the State of Florida without giving consideration to principals of conflict of law. Customer and Company (a) irrevocably consent to the jurisdiction of the United States District Court and the State courts of Florida; (b) agree that any action relating to the services performed by Company, shall only be brought in said courts; (c) consent to the exercise of in personal jurisdiction by said courts over it, and (d) further agree that any action to enforce a judgment may be instituted in any jurisdiction.
By Customer’s signature and/or agent's signature, WIL Shipping LLC, the motor carrier transporting the vehicle, their employees and representatives jointly and separately are authorized to operate and transport the vehicle from point to point or origin to destination specified in the Bill of Lading, which is signed upon pickup and delivery acknowledging the vehicle(s) condition.
WIL Shipping LLC and their Agents shall not be liable for the following: (a) Damage caused by leaking fluids, battery acids, cooling system anti-freeze fluids, industrial fallout, or any other damaged caused by Acts of God. (b) Damage which is undetectable due to the vehicles dirty condition at the time of pick-up or glass damage caused by debris from road use or during transportation. (c) Mechanical malfunctions, exhaust assembly, frame alignment, tire damage, suspension, or running of engines. (d) Auto Rental Accruals (e) Damages to vehicles caused due to: (i) vehicles cannot be driven on or off transporter under its own power, (ii) Vehicles that are defective or have insufficient brakes, parking break or parking gear, or any other mechanical condition.
After shipper makes the vehicle available for transport, the motor carrier and its agents will use their best efforts to deliver the vehicle within the estimated time frame; however due to unforeseeable factors that could result in delays, WIL Shipping LLC and its agents cannot guarantee the date and/or time of delivery or pickup. No delivery or pick up dates and times are guaranteed. All delivery dates and pick up times are only estimates of normal deliveries and pickups (delays may occur). There are absolutely no guarantees made, expressed or implied, regarding delivery or pick up times or dates.
Shipper shall prepare the vehicle for transport by removing or securing any items that extend above or out from the standard body dimension of the vehicle (i.e. antennas, fender guards, etc), all batteries, loose parts, low hanging spoilers, etc..
INSURANCE AND PAYMENT TERMS:
We do not accept cash nor bank deposit. The wire information is strictly for Wire / ACH transfer. Any deposit made in the bank will be subject to 10% fee. Invoices are payable upon receipt and due within 15 days of shipment.
Invoices that remain unpaid after 30 days will be subject to late payment fee in the amount of $200 per month and interest at the rate of 33% calculated from the invoice date.
Cargo pertaining to delinquent invoices after 60 days will be considered abandoned and is subject to be auctioned, transferred, or sold to cover for late payment fees, storage charges, transport, and freight. No payment will be due back to the customer regardless of the value of the cargo or the value sold.
The shipper guarantees payment of all collect charges in the event the consignee refuses payment.
Customer must pay all charges in advance unless WIL Shipping LLC agrees in writing to extend credit to Customer; WIL Shipping LLC shall not consider the granting of credit to a Customer in connection with a particular transaction a waiver of this provision.