RULE: 2.8 - COMMODITY DESCRIPTIONS AND DOCUMENTATION Eff: 23MAY2022
Except as otherwise provided in individual NRAs, Shipper MUST furnish, or arrange for the preparation of, all documentation and information required to export cargo from country of origin, to import cargo into country of destination and to transport cargo through other countries between origin and destination. In addition to all documentation, Shipper MUST describe cargo in sufficient detail to permit Carrier to rate cargo, and MUST at a minimum comply with the following: a. Description of commodities shall be uniform on all copies of the B/L and MUST be in conformity with a validated U.S. Export Declaration, AES Transmission and/or Consular Documents covering the shipment. The Carrier shall verify the B/L description with the validated U.S. Export Declaration and/or AES Transmission to insure accuracy. Amendments or corrections in the commodity description will be accepted ONLY if validated by U.S.Customs and in conformity will all other shipping documents. b. Trade names are NOT acceptable commodity descriptions. Shippers are required to declare their commodities by their generally accepted generic or common name. c. Unless otherwise specified, the value of cargo, which is to be rated in accordance with a specific value-scale provided in this Tariff, or in Tariffs subject to this Tariff, will be determined on the basis of the value and net weight as declared in a validated U.S. Export Declaration, AES Trans- mission, Customs Declaration, Customs Entry and/or Consular Documents. Where there is a discrepancy between such documents, the highest declaration shall be used to calculate freight and additional charges. d. Carrier will assess the OCEAN BILL OF LADING FEE named below, for handling, processing and forwarding B/Ls and other shipment documentation covering shipments moving From Ports and Points in the United States to Ports and Points named in Rules 1.3 & 1.4 on the Rates named in this Tariff: i. On LCL Shipments - As Named in Individual NRAs; ii. On FCL Shipments - As Named in Individual NRAs. e. Meat and Poultry Export Certificate ----------------------------------- U.S. Customs regulations requires the filing and/or submission of Meat Export Certificate for shipments of meat, meat by-products and poultry including edible tallow destined to foreign country/ies. This certificate must be submitted to the carrier prior to receipt of cargo at any port/point of loading as named in the scope of this tariff (See Rule 1). The shipper or his authorized representative shall hold the carrier harmless on the goods by reason of non-compliance with Customs regulations. f. Export Fruit Certificate ------------------------ 1) Pursuant to the Export Apple and Pear Act and the Export Grape and Plum Act, every shipment of apples, pears and grapes must be accompanied by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Certificate certifying that the fruit being exported is in compliance with all regulations. 2) Certificates must accompany the shipment and be presented to the Carrier prior to loading. 3) Shippers or their agents shall be responsible for any act or omission on their part which causes a fine or other penalty to be assessed against the Carrier. g. Motor Vehicles -------------- Carrier shall not load to the vessel any motor vehicle without receipt of a valid Shipper's EEI and copy of vehicle title in good order. Motor Vehicles include automobiles, mini-vans, pick-up trucks, and all other wheeled vehicles.
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