The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) has revised its Conditions of Contract.
In the past, member companies have had to prepare three different contracts to cover freight forwarding, haulage and warehousing, but it is now offering just one to do the same job.
Simon Edwards, a partner in UKWA’s legal advisers, Aaron and Partners, said: “Very often hauliers, warehouse operators and freight forwarders quote more than one set of terms when dealing with customers. They may, for example, have separate storage terms and haulage terms.
“If a problem arises – say, a dropped pallet in the yard – it is sometimes not clear which set of conditions applies to that situation, and sometimes the legal position may be that none do.”