Transportation Contract Law and Legal Definition

Transportation contract refers to those contracts dealing with freight transportation services including local drayage by rail, motor, domestic freight forwarder, and domestic water carriers (including inland, coastwise, and intercostals). However, a contracting officer does not use a transportation contract for the acquisition of transportation services by domestic or international air carriers or by international ocean carriers, or to freight services provided under bills of lading or to those negotiated for reduced rates.

The following is an example of a case law defining transportation contract:

Transportation Contract is a contract where one party desires to provide contract carriage services to another party who desires to use that contract motor transportation services. [J.L. Rothrock v. Springs Global US, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20266 (M.D.N.C. Mar. 13, 2009)]