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May 23 2024
In the rapidly evolving green-economy landscape, the significance of accurately measuring carbon emissions cannot be overstated. The transparency and accountability provided by precise emissions data... View More
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March 8 2024
No matter how carefully a parcel shipper structures its transactions and conducts its operations to avoid being sued, it is almost inevitable that sooner or later a claim will be brought against it in
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Nov. 1 2023
At some point in my career, I realized that the meaning of terms used in almost any conversation with a lawyer are not at all self-explanatory. Similarly, articles in the press will often use... View More
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Oct. 24 2023
Presidential election years influence policymaking in Washington just as they do headlines. It is thus not too soon to take stock of what federal policy changes may be on the horizon for parcel... View More
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Sept. 21 2023
On July 9, 2023, updates to the United States Postal Service’s Publication 52: Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail, took effect. The update includes new requirements for how... View More
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Sept. 14 2023
We last looked at this topic in the November 2008 issue of PARCEL. As reported there, a Google search using the term “transportation law” yielded over 12,000,000 results. The same search... View More
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July 7 2023
In December 2022, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) published a thoroughly revised Uniform Straight Bill of Lading as part of the National Motor Freight Classification (NM... View More
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May 10 2023
Parcel shippers who ship hazardous (hazmat) materials in domestic or international commerce are subject to a wide variety of rules and regulations governing their shipments. By the very nature of the... View More
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Feb. 22 2023
In the November/December 2022 issue of Parcel Counsel, we looked at the landmark case Hadley v. Baxendale. That column focused on consequential damages as opposed to actual damages. This begs... View More
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Jan. 11 2023
The case of Hadley v. Baxendale was decided in 1854 by a court in England. Although decided nearly 170 years ago in a foreign jurisdiction, the principle announced in that case, based upon eve... View More
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Dec. 6 2022
Earlier this year, the second phase of a European Union (EU) customs program called the Import Control System 2 (ICS2) Release 2 was implemented. As of March 2023, all economic operations, whi... View More
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Dec. 2 2022
The starting point in understanding international cargo claims is that a claim is based upon a breach of contract by the carrier, not whether the carrier was negligent. This arises out of the... View More
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Oct. 26 2022
It is very important for a parcel shipper to know and follow the rules of the transportation service providers used by the shipper however named, e.g., tariffs, service guides, or terms and conditions
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May 2 2022
This installment of PARCEL Counsel is being written during the first weeks of March, 2022 when terms such as “sanctioned” or “sanctions” are very much in the news. These news... View More
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March 15 2022
Contracts and contracting have often been the topics of previous installments of PARCEL Counsel. In this issue, we will look at a category of contracts not previously considered: USPS’s Nego... View More
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Jan. 13 2022
In the last installment of PARCEL Counsel, we took a look at four critical points relating to shipping parcels. In this international edition of PARCEL, we will delve deeper into two of those po... View More
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Aug. 30 2021
In the previous issue of PARCEL Counsel, we looked at the first two critical elements of transportation contracting: rates and charges and limits of liability for loss and damage. In this inst... View More
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June 23 2021
Previous installments of PARCEL Counsel looked at the six rules of contracting. These rules are general principles relating to the process of contracting. In this issue, we will consider the substanti
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