Once is Not Enough: Shipper Required to Pay Freight Twice says Canadian Court


In Canada, and no doubt elsewhere, the relationship between shippers, freight forwarders and carriers generally works to the mutual benefit of all. However, in tough economic times, the bankruptcy of a freight forwarder often will leave the carrier and shipper little choice but to litigate a dispute over the freight. The not unusual circumstances involve a situation where the shipper paid the freight forwarder upon being invoiced but the freight forwarder went out of business without having paid the freight to the carrier. In a recent Federal Court of Canada decision the court was faced with just this problem.

About Thomas S. Hawkins

Tom is a founding partner of the firm and practices in the areas of maritime law, insurance defence and commercial litigation advising clients on matters relating to marine insurance, arrest of vessels, towage, pollution, collision, terminals, cargo, employment, bodily injury and maritime commercial matters. Tom has conducted cases in the trial and appellate courts of the Federal Court, the British… view full profile »