As shippers, Canadian retailers and manufacturers should be aware of potential liabilities related to payment of freight charges. The transportation of a product commonly involves several stakeholders: freight forwarders or brokers and multiple carriers. Who should then be paid?
In the province of Quebec, the shipper is discharged by paying one of the carriers. The outstanding carriers must then address their claims to the paid carrier. However, payment of the freight charges directly to a broker does not generally discharge a shipper of its liability to the carriers.
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