limitations of liability (carrier)

(shipping) Various international and US statutes (Hague Rules, Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, and others) governing the rights and responsibilities of shippers of cargo and ship operators that limit the liability of carriers for loss or damage to cargo. These limits are typically based on a “package” basis. Carriers, however, have succeeded in changing the definition of package from literally a package, to a pallet (of many packages), and then a container (of many pallets or packages), each step further limiting their liability.

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