Intermodal Safe Container Transportation Act Law and Legal Definition

The Intermodal Safe Container Transportation Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation that regulates successive transportation of a loaded container or trailer from its place of origin to its place of destination by more than one mode of transportation in interstate or foreign commerce, whether under a single bill of lading or under separate bills of lading. It is established pursuant to 49 USCS § 5903.

under this Act, if a person tenders a loaded container or trailer with an actual gross cargo weight of more than 29,000 pounds to a first carrier for intermodal transportation, a certification of the contents of the container or trailer in writing, or electronically is provided before or when the container or trailer is so tendered. The following are the contents of the certification:

1.the actual gross cargo weight;

2. a reasonable description of the contents of the container or trailer;

3. the identity of the certifying party;

4. the container or trailer number.

Under this Act the following activities are prohibited:

1.A person is prohibited to coerce or attempt to coerce a person participating in intermodal transportation to transport a loaded container or trailer having an actual gross cargo weight of more than 29,000 pounds before the certification is provided;

2. A person, knowing that the weight of a loaded container or trailer or the weight of a tractor-trailer combination carrying the container or trailer is more than the weight allowed by applicable state law, is prohibited to coerce or attempt to coerce a carrier to transport the container or trailer or to operate the tractor-trailer combination in violation of that state law.