TRANSPORTATION BROKER AGREEMENT
THIS AGREEMENT entered into this day of , 2003 between Mathis Transportation Services, Inc, hereinafter referred to as “Broker,” and , hereinafter referred to as “Carrier.”
A. Broker is duly authorized to engage in the arrangement of transportation as a Broker, and desires to engage Carrier from time to time to transport certain commodities. For purposes of this Agreement, each engagement is referred to herein as a “Shipment.”
B. Carrier is duly authorized to engage in shipments as a contract carrier of commodities, and desires to haul Shipments as requested by Broker.
C. The Parties desire to enter into the Agreement, which Agreement shall govern any contract between the parties with respect to a Shipment.
1. Transportation of Commodities. Broker agrees to engage Carrier from time to time for the purpose of hauling commodities as a contract carrier. Carrier agrees to haul such commodities as requested by Broker. The terms of this Agreement shall control any shipment tendered to and accepted by Carrier. Broker agrees to offer the shipment and Carrier agrees to transport in its own equipment a series of Shipments on a continuing basis consisting of at least three (3) Shipments during the life of this agreement. As liquidated damages, Broker will pay to Carrier Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00) for each shipment for which it fails to meet the required minimum.
2. Term. This Agreement shall become effective on the date hereof, and shall remain in effect for a period of one (1) year from such date, and from year to year thereafter, subject to the right of either party hereto to cancel or terminate this Agreement at any time upon fifteen (15) days notice to the other.
3. Obligations of Carrier. Carrier agrees, with respect to each such Shipment:
transported under the terms of this agreement. Full actual loss is the replacement cost of freight tendered to the carrier for transport. All claims for loss and damage shall be handled and processed in accordance with regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations at 49 CFR Part 370. The terms, conditions or provisions of the governing bill of lading or any other shipping form, tariff or rule utilized shall be subject and subordinate to the terms of this agreement and, in the event of a conflict, this agreement shall govern. This contract cannot be changed ,modified, limited or supplemented by reference to any carrier rates,rules,classificaton, practice, schedule or tariff.
4. Rates, Charges, and Payment. Broker agrees to pay Carrier for transportation under this Agreement in accordance with the Schedule of Rates and Charges attached hereto as Exhibit “A,” or later amendments thereto. Broker agrees to pay Carrier within 30 days of receipt of Carrier’s freight bill with attached original Bill of Lading as proof of delivery. Even though Carrier may hold authority from the ICC to operate as a common carrier and Carrier’s rates and tariffs filed with the ICC shall not under any circumstances by applicable to any Shipment transported on behalf of Broker.
a. Broker hereby represents that it is duly authorized to operate as a broker under ICC License No. MC359026 and that Broker shall be duly licensed at any time it requests Carrier to transport a Shipment under the terms of this Agreement.
a. In the event of any conflict between this Agreement and any other document, the terms and conditions of this Agreement shall control.
b. In the event any clause or provision in this Agreement is declared to be unenforceable, the remainder of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect as between the parties.
c. This Agreement shall be executed by the Broker in the State of Texas and shall be construed under the internal laws of the State of Texas.
d. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts, and a signed facsimile of this Agreement shall be considered an original for all purposes.
e. For all purposes of this Agreement, Carrier is an independent contractor, and has no authority to act for Broker as an agent for any purposes.
f. Carrier authorizes Mathis Transportation Services to invoice Shipper, receiver, consignor or
consignee for freight charges as agent for and on behalf of Carrier. Payment of the freight
charges to MTS shall relieve Shipper, receiver, consignor or consignee of any liability to the
Carrier for non-payment of charges.
This Agreement shall be governed by Title 49 of the United States Code and Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF
The parties have set their hands and seals this day of , 2003.
Carrier : Broker: Mathis Transportation Services, Inc