Commodities Clause Law and Legal Definition

Commodities clause is a provision of the Hepburn Act of June 29, 1906. It is intended to prohibit the transportation in interstate commerce by any railroad company of commodities produced or mined by such company or under its authority, or which it may own in whole or in part, or in which it may have an interest, direct or indirect, except timber and products manufactured from timber and such articles or commodities as may be necessary and intended for use in the business of the railroad company.