The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) and the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) have approved on a model shipper-3PL contract. The contract will be owned by the two associations, but will be available free of charge on the associations' websites for use by shippers and 3PLs at http://nitl.org/ModelBrokerContractFinalv1.pdf .
The Shipper-3PL Model Contract is designed to use as written or may be amended by the parties. The model contract comports with the recently adopted Shipper-Carrier Model Contract developed by NITL and the American Trucking Associations (ATA). The Shipper-3PL Model Contract will also comport with the expected 3PL-Carrier Model Contract which is being developed by TIA and ATA.
"This effort points out the importance of collaboration in the transportation industry. It is a natural next step from our efforts with the ATA to develop an agreement that provides the backdrop for the commercial relationship between shippers and 3PLs," says John Ficker, president and CEO of NITL.
The Shipper-3PL Model Contract was developed by committees of the two associations. John Gentle, Owens Corning, chaired the NITL committee, and Chip Smith, Twin Modal, chaired the TIA committee.