I own a freight forwarding company and have traded with a european trailer operator in excess of three years, exceeding amounts of £7000.00 during the trading relationship. In April 2014 the trailer operator held several of my consignments, without any notice to me what so ever. At the time we owed a total on our account of £2800.00, some of which we had not received the invoices for as the debt was not aged. Can the company legally hold our cargo without any advance notification? Can the trailer operator take a booking to move cargo with the knowledge they intend to hold the freight?
I would like the answer to my original question which the expert is passing over to somebody else!
Alex, the contract we form with the carrier is per consignment basis governed by the CMR Convention.