Terms & Conditions


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            All shipments to or from the Customer, which term shall include the exporter, importer, sender, receiver, owner, consignor, consignee, transferor or transferee of the shipments, will be handled by the forwarder and/or custom broker handling this shipment.

(hereinafter called the “Company”) on the following terms and conditions, except if lawfully prohibited by 19 CFR part 111.44.


1.                  Services by Third Parties.  Unless the Company personally carries, stores or otherwise physically handles the shipment, and the loss, damage, expense or delay occurs during such specific activity, the Company assumes no liability as a carrier and is not to be held responsible for any loss, damage, expense or delay to the goods to be forwarded or imported except as provided in paragraph 10 and subject to the limitations of paragraph 8 below, the Company otherwise acts only as an agent for the Customer, and undertakes only to use reasonable care in the selection of carriers, truckmen, lightermen, forwarders, customhouse brokers, agents, warehousemen and others to whom it may entrust the goods for transportation, cartage, handling and/or delivery and/or storage or otherwise.  When the Company carries, stores or otherwise physically handles the shipment, it does so subject to the limitation of liability set forth in paragraph 8 below unless a separate bill of lading, air waybill or other contract of carriage is issued by the Company, in which event the terms thereof shall govern.


2.                  Liability Limitations of Third Parties.  The Company as agent is authorized to select and engage carriers, truckmen, lightermen, forwarders, customhouse brokers, agents, warehousemen and others, as required, to transport, store, deal with and deliver the goods, all of whom shall be considered as the servants of the Customer, and the goods may be entrusted to such servants subject to all conditions, including limitation of liability for loss, damage, expense or delay and to all rules, regulations, requirements and conditions, whether printed, written or stamped, appearing in the bills of lading, receipts or tariffs issued by such carriers, truckmen, lightermen, forwarders, customhouse brokers, agents, warehousemen and others.  The Company shall under no circumstances be liable for any loss, damage, expense or delay to the goods for any reason whatsoever when said goods are in custody, possession or control of third parties selected by the Company as agent of the Customer to forward, enter and clear, transport or render other services with respect to such goods.


3.                  Choosing Routes or Agents.  Unless express instructions in writing are received from the Customer, the Company has complete freedom in choosing the means, route and procedure to be followed in the handling, transportation and delivery of the goods.  Advice by the Company to the Customer that a particular person or firm has been selected to render services with respect to the goods shall not be construed to mean that the Company warrants or represents that such person or firm will render such services.


4.                  Quotations Not Binding.  Quotations as to fees, rates of duty, freight charges, insurance premiums or other charges given by the company to the Customer are for informational purposes only and are subject to change without notice and shall not under any circumstances be binding upon the Company, unless the Company in writing specifically undertakes the handling or transportation of the shipment at a specific rate.


5.                  Duty To Furnish Information. (a) In respect to imports, at a reasonable time prior to entering of the goods with U.S. Customs, the Customer shall furnish to the Company invoices in proper form and other documents necessary or useful in the preparation of the U.S. Customs entry.  The Customer shall also provide any further information as may be sufficient to establish the dutiable value, the classification and admissibility pursuant to U.S. law or regulation.  If the Customer fails in a timely manner to furnish such information or documents in whole or in part, as may be required to complete U.S. Customs entry, or if the information or documents furnished is inaccurate or incomplete, the Company shall be obligated only to use its best judgment in connection with the shipment.  Where a bond is required by U.S. Customs to be given for the production of any document or the performance of any act, the Customer shall be deemed bound by the terms of the bond notwithstanding the fact that the bond has been executed by the Company as principal.  It being understood that the Company entered into such undertaking at the instance and on behalf of the Customer, the Customer shall indemnify and hold the Company harmless for the consequences of any breach of the terms of the bond.  (b) In respect to exports, at a reasonable time prior to the exportation of the shipment, the Customer shall furnish to the company the commercial invoice in proper form and number, a proper consular declaration, weights, measures, values and any and all other information in the language of and as may be required by the laws and regulations of the U.S. and the country of destination of the goods.  (c) On an export or import the Company shall not in any way be responsible or liable for increased duty, penalty, line or expense unless caused by the negligence or other fault of the Company, in which event its liability to the Customer shall be governed by the provisions of paragraph 8.  The Customer shall be bound by and warrant the accuracy of all invoices, documents and information furnished to the Company by the Customer or it agent for export, entry or any other purposes and the Customer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Company against any duty, penalty, fine or expense, including attorneys’ fees, resulting from any inaccuracy or omission or any failure to make timely presentation, even if not due to any negligence of the Customer.  In the event the information forwarded to the Company, or which accompanied the shipment does not accurately reflect the entire transaction, it is essential that the Customer immediately notify the Company so that the Company can take corrective action.


6.                  Declaring Higher Valuation.  Inasmuch as truckers, carriers, warehousemen and others to whom the goods are entrusted usually limit their liability for loss or damage unless a higher value is declared and a charge based on such higher value is agreed to by said truckers, etc., the Company must receive specific written instructions from the Customer to pay such higher charge based on valuation. Otherwise, the valuation placed by the Customer on the goods shall be considered solely for export or customs purposes and the goods will be delivered to the truckers, etc., subject to the limitation of liability set forth herein in paragraph 8 with respect to any claim against the Company and subject to the provisions of paragraph 2 above.


7.                  Insurance.  The Company will make reasonable efforts to effect marine, fire, theft and other insurance upon the goods only after specific written instructions have been received by the Company in sufficient time prior to shipment from point of origin, and the Customer at the same time instructs specifically the kind and amount of insurance to be placed.  The Company does not undertake or warrant that insurance can or will be placed.  Unless the Customer has its own open marine policy and instructs the Company to effect insurance under such policy, insurance is to be effected with one or more insurance companies or other underwriters to be selected by the Company.  Any insurance placed shall be governed by the certificate or policy issued and will only be effective when accepted by such insurance companies or other underwriters.  Should an insurer dispute its liability for any reason, the insured shall have recourse against the insurer only. The Company shall not be under any responsibility or liability in relation to the insurance coverage, notwithstanding that the premium on the policy may not be at the same rates as that charged or paid to the Company by the Customer, or that the shipment was insured under a policy in the name of the Company.  Insurance premiums and the charge of the Company for arranging the same shall be at the Customer’s expense.  If for any reason the goods are held in warehouse, or other storage arrangements, the goods will not be covered by any insurance, unless the Company receives written instructions from the Customer to effect coverage on stored goods.  Unless specifically agreed in writing, the Company assumes no responsibility to place insurance on any export or import shipment which it does not handle.


8.                  Limitation of $50 Per Shipment.  The Customer agrees that the Company shall in no event be liable for any loss, damage, expense or delay to the goods resulting from the negligence or other fault of the Company for any amount in excess of $50.00 per shipment (or the invoice value, if less) and any partial loss or damage for which the Company may be liable shall be adjusted pro rata on the basis of such limitation valuation.  The Customer has the option of paying a special compensation to increase the liability of the Company in excess of $50 per shipment in case of any loss, damage, expense or delay for causes which would make the Company liable, but such option can be exercised only by specific written agreement made with the Company prior to shipment, which agreement shall indicate the limit of the Company’s liability and the special compensation for the added liability must be paid. 


9.                  Presenting Claims.  In no event shall the Company be liable for any act, omission or default in connection with an exportation or importation, unless a claim is presented to its office within one hundred eighty (180) days from date of exportation or importation of the goods in a written statement to which sworn proof of claim shall be attached.  In any event, suit must be filed within six months of the date of the statement of claim has been served on the Company; otherwise the Claim is deemed time-barred.  No agent or employee of the Company shall have authority to alter or waive any of the provisions of this clause. 


10.              Liability of Company.  It is agreed that any claim or demand for loss, damage, or expense or delay shall be only against the carriers, truckmen, lightermen, forwarders, customhouse brokers, agents, warehousemen or others in whose actual custody, possession, or control the goods may be at the time of such loss, damage expense or delay. The Company shall not be liable or responsible for any claim or demand from any cause whatsoever, unless the goods were in the actual and physical custody or control of the Company, and the damages are proven to be caused by the negligence or other fault of the Company,  its officers or employees, in which event the limitation of liability set forth in paragraph 8 herein shall apply.  The Company shall not in any circumstances be liable for loss of profit, delay, or consequential damages. 


11.              Advancing Money.  The Company shall not be obliged to incur any expense, guarantee payment or advance any money in connection with the importing, forwarding, transporting, insuring, storing or coopering of the goods, unless the same is previously provided to the Company by the Customer on demand.  The Company shall be under no obligation to advance freight charges, customs duties or taxes on any shipment, nor shall any advance by the Company be construed as a waiver of the provisions hereof.


12.              Indemnification for Freight Duties.  In the event that carrier, other person or any government agency makes a claim or institutes legal action against the Company for ocean or other freight, duties, fines, penalties, liquidated damages or other money due arising from a shipment of goods of the Customer, the Customer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Company for any amount the Company may be required to pay such carrier, other person or governmental agency together with reasonable expenses, including attorney fees, incurred by the Company in connection with defending such claim or legal action and obtaining reimbursement from the Customer.  The confiscation or detention of the goods by any governmental authority shall not affect or diminish the liability of the Customer to the Company to pay all charges or other money due promptly on demand.


13.              Sale of Perishable Goods.  Perishable goods or live animals to be exported or which are cleared through customs concerning which no instructions for disposition are furnished by the Customer may be sold or otherwise disposed of without any notice to the Customer, owner or consignee of the goods, and payment or tender of the net proceeds of any sale after deduction of charges shall be equivalent to delivery . In the event that any shipment is refused or remains unclaimed at destination or any transshipping point in the course of transit or is returned or any reason, the Customer shall nevertheless pay the Company for all charges and expenses in connection therewith.  Nothing herein contained shall obligate the Company to forward or enter or clear the goods or arrange for their disposal. 


14.              C.O.D. Shipments.  Goods received with Customer’s or other person’s instructions to “Collect on Delivery” (C.O.D.) by drafts or otherwise, or to collect on any specified terms by time drafts or otherwise, are accepted by the Company only upon the express understanding that it will exercise reasonable care in the selection of a bank, correspondent, carrier or agent to whom it will send such item for collection, and the Company will not be responsible for any act, omission, default, suspension, insolvency or want of care, negligence, or fault of such bank, correspondent, carrier or agent, nor for any delay in remittance lost in exchange, or loss during transmission, or while in the course of collection.


15.              General Lien on Any Property.  The Company shall have a general lien on any and all property (and documents relating thereto) of the Customer, in its possession, custody or control or en route, for all claims for charges, expenses or advances incurred by the Company in connection with any shipments of the Customer, current, past or future,  and if such claim remains unsatisfied for thirty (30) days after demand for its payment is made, the Company may exercise its lien by selling at auction or private sale upon ten (10) days written notice to the Customer, the goods, wares and/or merchandise, or so much thereof as may be necessary to satisfy such lien, and apply the net proceeds of such sale to the payment of the amount due to the Company.  Any surplus from such sale shall be transmitted to the Customer, and the Customer shall be liable for any deficiency in the sale.


16.              Compensation of Company.  The compensation of the Company for its services shall be included with and is in addition to the rates and charges of all carriers and other agencies selected by the Company to transport and deal with the goods. Such compensation shall be exclusive of any brokerage, commissions, dividends or other revenue received by the Company from carriers, insurers and others in connection with the shipment.  On ocean export shipments, upon request, the Company shall provide a detailed breakout of the components of all charges assessed. The Customer shall pay the expenses of collection and/or litigation including a reasonable attorney fee, for any late or unpaid account.


17.              Picking Up Shipments or Samples.  The Company shall not itself be obligated to pick up a shipment from a carrier or a sample from U.S. Customs.  Should the Company render such a service for and on behalf of the Customer, the Company shall not be responsible for loss or damage to the shipment or sample unless it is in the actual custody and control of the Company, and the loss or damage is caused by the negligence or other fault of the Company, in which event the limitation of liability set forth in paragraph 8 herein shall apply.


18.              No Responsibility For Governmental Requirements.  It is the responsibility of the Customer to know and comply with the marking requirements of U.S. Customs, the regulations of all pertinent U.S. agencies and all other requirements of law or official regulations both at the port of shipment and port of discharge.  The Company shall not be responsible for action taken or fines or penalties assessed by any governmental agency against the shipment because of the failure of the Customer to comply with the law, the requirements, or regulations of any governmental agency, or with a notification issued to the Customer by any agency.


19.              Loss, Damage or Expense Due to Delay.    The Company shall not be responsible for any loss, damage or expense incurred by the Customer because of delay.  In the event the Company is held at fault, its liability shall be limited in accordance with the provisions set forth in paragraph 8 above.


20.              Constructions of Terms and Venue.  This foregoing terms and conditions shall be construed according to the laws of the State shown on reverse side hereof.  All questions concerning the construction, interpretation, validity and enforceability of this Agreement, whether in a court of law or in arbitration, shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of South Carolina without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule that would cause the laws of any other jurisdiction to apply.


21.              HELM EXPRESS d/b/a INTERSHIP, INC. has a corporate policy against payment, solicitation, or receipt of any rebate, directly or indirectly, which would be unlawful under the United States Shipping Act 1984.


Motor vehicle limitation of $ 5,000 per vehicle. The customer agrees that the company shall in no event be liable for any loss or damage to motor vehicles for any amount in excess of $ 5,000 per vehicle (please refer to the basis of valuation in clause 24).

The company is only legally liable for loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured reasonably attributable to


Fire or explosion



Vessel or craft being stranded grounded sunk or capsized



Overturning or derailment of land conveyance


Collision or contact of vessel craft or conveyance with any external object other than water



Discharge of cargo at a port of distress


Earthquake volcanic eruption or lightning


Loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured caused by



General average sacrifice


Jettison or washing overboard


Entry of sea lake or river water into vessel craft hold conveyance container or place of storage


Total loss of any package lost overboard or dropped whilst loading on to, or unloading from, vessel or craft.


Liability disclaimer it is agreed that intership dba iship maxumim liability is $ 5000 per vehicle and it is not liable for:


Losses arising from flood, earthquake, wind, sleet, hail, weather condition, or any acts of god


Items inside vehicles



Damage caused by leaking fluids



Rust, oxidistion, discolouration and any pre- existing damage which is identified in the vehicle condition report


Under carriage damage and resulting from unloading or lowerd vehichles


We are responsible from the moment the vehicle is in our care custody and control and all responsibility ceases once the vehicle is delivered and outside of our custody and control.


Damage caused by freezing of ordinary leakage of fluids of cooling system or batteries or similar.


Excluding mechanical or electrical derangement.


Excluding any liability whatsoever if vehicle is driven under its own power.


Excluding delay.


Excluding loss or damage due to war, civil war, revolution, rebellion, civil strife, hostile act, terrorist or any person acting from a political motive, strikes, riots, labor disturbances, civil commotion or weapon of war employing atomic or nuclear fission or fusion or other like reaction or radioactive force or matter.


Motor vehicle basis of valuation: purchase invoice value or if no purchase invoice value exists: the current second-hand market value (subject to a maximum of $ 5,000 any one vehicle).


Second-hand replacement clause. If any part of the vehicle is lost/ damaged by a peril covered by our conditions we are only liable for the current market value of such part. The current market value of a part is determined by applying the same ratio as the purchase invoice price of the whole vehicle (or second-hand market value of the vehicle if no purchase invoice price exists) compared to the purchase invoice price of the same vehicle if it were new.


Intership, inc. D/b/a iship will offer 30 days free storage for any shipment or vehicle that is going to be exported using our company.

Storage fees:

Over 30 days $ 15 per day per vehicle or shipment

Over 60 days $ 25 a day

Over 90 days iship will issue storage lean on shipment or vehicle and it will be subject to auction.

Gate in & gate out fees $ 100 per shipment or vehicle plus storage $ 10 the 1st 30 days.


Loading liability disclaimer it is agreed that intership dba iship is not responsible for any damages that may occur of loading more than one vehicle in 20 container or two vehicles in 40 hc container.

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