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All services hereunder, described, or referenced herein, are subject to Comet's applicable terms and conditions of service, including but not limited to the Bill of Lading Terms, Service Terms, and/or Warehouse Terms and Conditions, which terms include default limitations of liability, and can be found at https://www.cometdelivery.com/legal . By accepting services from Comet, by receiving this document, and by its continued acquiescence, the recipient of this document is expressly agreeing to Comet's Terms and Conditions of service, and is making a knowing choice between differing levels of liability, which recipient certifies that it has been offered.

Payment, in full, for the charges listed herein are due within 15 days. Freight and storage charges hereunder will accrue interest at a rate of 18% beginning on the due date. All freight and storage charges not paid in full within 30 days are subject to a loss of discount in the amount of 25% of the full invoice value. Comet reserves the right to file suit for any delinquent freight charges without further notice.

All services provided by Comet Delivery Services, whether arranged through this site or otherwise, are subject to the Terms and Conditions. Use of this site constitutes an express agreement to be bound by Comet's Terms and Conditions, regardless of whether arrangements are made through this site or by contacting a Comet Delivery Services representative. Comet reserves the right to modify, change or discontinue at its sole discretion any and all services. Use of this website is entirely at your own risk, and Comet makes no express implied warranties at to the operations of this website. In no event will Comet be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. All services of Comet are subject to applicable limitations of liability described further in the Terms and Conditions.


COMET DELIVERY SERVICES – LIMITATION OF LIABILITY


All services provided by Comet Delivery Services, whether arranged through this site or otherwise, are subject to the Terms and Conditions located at www.cometdelivery.com/termsandconditions . Use of this site constitutes an express agreement to be bound by Comet's Terms and Conditions, regardless of whether arrangements are made through this site or by contacting a Comet Delivery Services representative. Comet reserves the right to modify, change or discontinue at its sole discretion any and all services. Use of this website is entirely at your own risk, and Comet makes no express implied warranties at to the operations of this website. In no event will Comet be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website. All services of Comet are subject to applicable limitations of liability described further in the Terms and Conditions.

1. (a) The carrier or the party in possession of any of the property described in this bill of lading shall be liable for loss or damage thereto only as hereinafter provided

(b) Carrier shall have no liability for any loss or damage to a shipment or for any delay caused by an Act of God, the public enemy, public authority, or any act, omission, or default of the shipper. The carrier or party in possession shall not be liable for loss, damage or delay which results: when the property is stopped and held in transit upon request of the shipper, owner or party entitled to make such request; or from faulty or impassible highway, or by lack of capacity of a highway, bridge or ferry; or from a defect or vice in the property.

2. Unless arranged or agreed upon, in writing, prior to shipment, carrier is not bound to transport a shipment by a particular schedule or in time for a particular market, but is responsible to transport with reasonable dispatch. In case of physical necessity, carrier may forward a shipment via another carrier.

3. (a) As a condition precedent to recovery, any claim for loss damage or delay must be submitted in writing with the carrier identified on the face of this bill of lading. The failure to take exceptions to the condition of goods, and the execution of this document by the consignee without exceptions shall be direct evidence that the shipment was received in good condition. Any claim of concealed damage requires notice to the carrier within 24 hours of delivery in the case of local or intrastate transportation, or within five (5) days in the case of interstate transportation.

(b) Claims for loss, damage, or delay must be filed within 15 days of delivery of shipment or the reasonable delivery date of such shipment if undelivered. Failure to file such written claim shall be deemed a waiver of the right to claim damages by such shipper.

(c) Suits for loss, damage, injury or delay shall be instituted against any carrier no later than two years and one day from the day when written notice is given by the carrier to the claimant that the carrier has disallowed the claim or any part or parts of the claim specified in the notice. Where claims are not filed or suits are not instituted thereon in accordance with the foregoing provisions, no carrier shall be liable, and such claims will not be paid.

(d) Any carrier or party liable for loss of or damage to any of said property shall have the full benefit of any insurance that may have been effected, upon or on account of said property, so far as this shall not void the policies or contracts of insurance, provided that the carrier receiving the benefit of such insurance will reimburse the claimant for the premium paid on the insurance policy or contract.

4. (a) In all cases not prohibited by law, where a shipper fails to declare a value to the carrier in writing prior to tendering the subject shipment, which declaration is received by carrier, and rate increase is agreed upon and paid by the shipper, the value of the shipment is hereby agreed to be not more than $50.00 per shipment, or ten cents per pound, per article, whichever is less.

(b) The limitation of liability provided for in this section shall be enforceable regardless of cause of loss, damage or delay, including gross negligence, recklessness or willful and wanton conduct. Nothing short of conversion to the carrier's own use, for the direct benefit of the corporation itself, shall vitiate this limitation of liability.

(c) The limit of Comet Delivery Service's liability may be increased up to $500.00 per shipment maximum. Comet Delivery Services will not carry a shipment declared to have a value in excess of $500.00 under this bill of lading. Any shipment with a value in excess of $500.00 must be represented by a separate written agreement whereby the commodity is described in detail and the carrier expressly agrees to such greater value. Such separate written agreement must be executed by duly authorized representatives of each party at least twenty-four hours prior to transportation.

(d) Under no circumstances will any shipment containing particularly high valued items such as cash, furs, jewelry, coins, negotiable instruments, or items of similar value to weight ratios be accepted pursuant to this bill of lading. Any such shipments must be covered by a separate written agreement executed by both parties. If such a shipment is inadvertently accepted by carrier, or mislabeled by shipper for any reason, Carrier's liability shall be limited as provided in section 4(a).

(e) Under no circumstances will Comet Delivery Services be liable for loss or damage caused by delay or by improperly packed or improperly labeled shipments, or for any "special" or "consequential" or "economic" damages including, but not limited to lost interest, profits, income, or business opportunities whether or not Comet Delivery Services acknowledged or knew such damages may be incurred.

5. No employee or representative of Comet Delivery Services is authorized to alter, vary or contradict these terms regarding Comet Delivery Service's liability.

6. Should any claim in any amount even if in excess of such limits of Comet Delivery Service's liability be asserted against Comet Delivery Services by any third party for any loss or damage to any shipments carried hereunder, shipper agrees to indemnify Comet Delivery Services and hold it harmless against any damages, expenses, or cost including attorney's fees, arising out of any such claim regardless of the cause.

7. Freight charges pursuant to this bill of lading are due within three (3) business days of delivery of said shipment unless a credit agreement is in place between Carrier and Shipper. In the event of customer's failure to pay freight charges in full within fifteen (15) days of delivery, customer hereby agrees to pay liquidated damages in the amount of thirty percent of the original freight charges, in addition to the original freight charges, plus reasonable attorney's fees and all costs of collection whether or not suit is commenced. No shipper or consignee shall be entitled to set off any claims for loss, damage or delay against freight charges owed to carrier, and any pending or denied claims shall not serve to toll or void the Carrier's collection efforts, loss of discount, or Carrier's entitlement to fees.

8. Any and every party, whether principal or agent, shipper or consignee, who ships explosives, illegal goods, contraband, or dangerous goods, shall be liable for and indemnify the carrier against all loss or damage caused by such goods. Such goods may be warehoused adispositiont owner's risk and expense or destroyed without compensation.

9. Nothing in this bill of lading shall limit the right of the carrier to require the prepayment or guarantee of the charges at the time of shipment or prior to delivery. If the description of articles or other information on this bill of lading is found to be incorrect or incomplete, the freight charges must be paid based upon the articles actually shipped.

10. If the consignee refuses the shipment tendered for delivery by carrier or if carrier is unable to deliver the shipment, because of fault or mistake of the consignor or consignee or for any reason not directly attributable to carrier, the carrier's liability shall then become that of a warehouseman, except that the limitations of liability herein shall still apply unless a lesser limitation is found to apply by virtue of the law. Carrier shall promptly attempt to provide notice, by telephonic or electronic communication as provided on the face of the bill of lading, if so indicated, to the shipper or the party, if any, designated to receive notice on this bill of lading. Storage charges, based on carrier's terms and conditions, shall start no sooner than the next business day following the attempted notification. Storage may be, at the carrier's option, in any location that provides reasonable protection against loss or damage. The carrier may place the shipment in public storage at the owner's expense and without liability to the carrier.

(b) If the carrier does not receive disposition instructions within 48 hours of the time of carrier's attempted first notification, carrier will attempt to issue a second and final confirmed notification. Such notice shall advise that if carrier does not receive disposition instructions within 10 days of that notification, carrier may offer the shipment for sale at a public auction and the carrier has the right to offer the shipment for sale. The amount of sale will be applied to the carrier's invoice for transportation, storage and other lawful charges. The owner will be responsible for the balance of charges not covered by the sale of the goods. If there is a balance remaining after all charges and expenses are paid, such balance will be paid to the owner of the property sold hereunder, upon claim and proof of ownership.




WAREHOUSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

In the event the warehouseman retains an attorney to collect any charges or amounts due the warehouseman by the storer, it is agreed that the storer will be liable for and will pay all reasonable attorney fees and costs of collection, including but not limited to court costs, and all costs normally and reasonably charged by the attorney as well as any other charges reasonably incurred in connection with the collection of moneys due the warehouseman by the storer including on appeals.

Acceptance of the goods - SECTION 1

  1. This contract and rate quotation including accessorial charges endorsed on or attached hereto must be accepted within 15 days from the proposal date by signature of depositor on the reverse side of the contract. In the absence of written acceptance, the act of tendering goods described herein for storage or other services by warehouseman within 15 days from the proposal date shall constitute such acceptance by depositor.
  2. In the event that goods tendered for storage or other services do not conform to the description contained herein, or conforming goods are tendered after 15 days of the proposal date without prior written acceptance by depositor as provided in paragraph (a) of this section, warehouseman may refuse to accept such goods. If warehouseman accepts such goods, depositor agrees to rates and charges as may be assigned and invoiced by warehouseman and to all terms of this contract.
  3. This contract may be cancelled by either party upon 30 days written notice and is cancelled if no storage or other services are performed under this contract for a period of 180 days.

Shipping - SECTION 2

Depositor agrees not to ship goods to warehouseman as the named consignee. If, in violation of this agreement, goods are shipped to warehouseman as named consignee, depositor agrees to notify carrier in writing prior to such shipment, with copy of such notice to the warehouseman, that warehouseman named as consignee is a warehouseman and has no beneficial title or interest in such property and depositor further agrees to indemnify and hold harmless warehouseman from any and all claims for unpaid transportation charges, including undercharges, demurrage, detention or charges of any nature, in connection with goods so shipped. Depositor further agrees that, if it fails to notify carrier as required by the next preceding sentence, warehouseman shall have the right to refuse such goods and shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, injury or damage of any nature to, or related to, such good. Depositor agrees that all promises contained in this section will be binding on depositor's heirs, successors and assigns.

Tender for Storage - SECTION 3

All goods for storage shall be delivered at the warehouse properly marked and packaged for handling. The depositor shall furnish at or prior to such delivery, a manifest showing marks, brands, or sizes to be kept and accounted for separately, and the class of storage and other services desired.

Storage Period and Charges - SECTION 4

  1. All charges for storage are per package or other agreed unit per month.
  2. Storage charges become applicable upon the date that warehouseman accepts care, custody and control of the goods, regardless of unloading date of issue of warehouse receipt.
  3. Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, a full month's storage charge will apply on all goods received between the first and the 15th, inclusive, of a calendar month; one-half month's storage charge will apply on all goods received between the 16th and the last day, inclusive of a calendar month, and a full month's storage charge will apply to all goods in storage on the first day of the next and succeeding calendar months. All storage charges are due and payable on the first day of storage for the initial month and thereafter on the first day of the calendar month.
  4. When mutually agreed by the warehouseman and the depositor, a storage month shall extend from a date in one calendar month to, but not including, the same date of the next and all succeeding months. All storage charges are due and payable on the first day of the storage month. In the event payment is late, warehouseman will charge a minimum of $10.00 or 10% of the outstanding balance each month until balance and late fees are paid.

Transfer, Termination of Storage, Removal of Goods - SECTION 5

  1. Instructions to transfer goods on the books of the warehouseman are not effective until delivered to and accepted by warehouseman, and all charges up to the time transfer is made are chargeable to the depositor of record. If a transfer involves rehandling the goods, such will be subject to a charge. When goods in storage are transferred from one party to another through issuance of a new warehouse receipt, a new storage date is established on the date of transfer.
  2. The warehouseman reserves the right to move, at his expense, 14 days after notice is sent by certified or registered mail to the depositor of record or to the last known holder of the negotiable warehouse receipt, any goods in storage from the warehouse in which they may be stored to any other of his warehouses; but if such depositor or holder takes delivery of his goods in lieu of transfer, no storage charge shall be made for the current storage month. The warehouseman may, without notice, move goods within the warehouse in which they are stored.
  3. The warehouseman may, upon written notice to the depositor of record and any other person known by the warehouseman to claim an interest in the goods, require the removal of any goods by the end of the next succeeding storage month. Such notice shall be given to the last known place of business or abode of the person to be notified. If goods are not removed before the end of the next succeeding storage month, the warehouseman may sell them in accordance with applicable law.
  4. If warehouseman in good faith believes that the goods are about to deteriorate or decline in value to less than the amount of warehouseman's lien before the end of the next succeeding storage month, the warehouseman may specify in the notification any reasonable shorter time for removal of the goods and in case the goods are not removed, may sell them at public sale held one week after a single advertisement or posting as provided by law.
  5. If as a result of a quality or condition of the goods of which the warehouseman had no notice at the time of deposit the goods are a hazard to other property or to the warehouse or to persons, the warehouseman may sell the goods at public or private sale without advertisement on reasonable notification to all person known to claim an interest in the goods. If the warehouseman after a reasonable effort is unable to sell the goods he may dispose of them in any lawful manner and shall incur no liability by reason of such disposition. Pending such disposition, sale or return of the goods, the warehouseman may remove the goods from the warehouse and shall incur no liability by reason of such removal.

Handling - SECTION 6

  1. The handling charge covers the ordinary labor involved in receiving goods at warehouse door, placing goods in storage, and returning goods to warehouse door. Handling charges are due and payable on receipt of goods.
  2. Unless otherwise agreed, labor for unloading and loading goods will be subject to a charge. Additional expenses incurred by the warehouseman in receiving and handling damaged goods, and additional expense in unloading from or loading into cars or other vehicles not at warehouse door will be charged to the depositor.
  3. Labor and materials used in loading rail cars or other vehicles are chargeable to the depositor.
  4. When goods are ordered out in quantities less than in which received, the warehouseman may make an additional charge for each order or each item of an order.
  5. The warehouseman shall not be liable for demurrage, delays in unloading inbound cars, or delays in obtaining and loading cars for outbound shipment unless warehouseman has failed to exercise reasonable care.

Delivery Requirements - Section 7

  1. No goods shall be delivered or transferred except upon receipt by the warehouseman of complete instructions properly signed by the depositor. However, when no negotiable receipt is outstanding, goods may be delivered upon the instructions by telephone in accordance with a prior written authorization, but the warehouseman shall not be responsible for loss or error occasioned thereby.
  2. When a negotiable receipt has been issued no goods covered by that receipt shall be delivered, or transferred on the books of the warehouseman, unless the receipt, properly endorsed, is surrendered for cancellation or for endorsement of partial delivery thereon. If a negotiable receipt is lost or destroyed, delivery of goods may be made only upon the order of a court of competent jurisdiction and the posting of security approved by the court as provided by law.
  3. When goods are ordered out, a reasonable time shall be given the warehouseman to carry out instructions, and if he is unable because of acts of God, war, public enemies, seizure under legal process, strikes, lockouts, riots and civil commotions, or any reason beyond the warehouseman's control, or because of loss or destruction of goods for which the warehouseman is not liable, or because of any other excuse provided by law, the warehouseman shall not be liable for failure to carry out such instructions and goods remaining in storage will continue to be subject to regular storage charges.

Extra Services - SECTION 8

  1. Warehouse labor required for services other than ordinary handling and storage will be charged to the depositor.
  2. Special services requested by depositor including but not limited to compiling of special stock statements; reporting marked weights, serial numbers or other data from packages: physical check of goods; and handling transit billing will be subject to a charge.
  3. Dunnage, bracing, packing materials or other special supplies, may be provided for the depositor at a charge in addition to the warehouseman's cost.
  4. By prior arrangement, goods may be received or delivered during other than usual business hours, subject to a charge.
  5. Communication expense including postage, teletype, telegram, facsimile, or telephone will be charged to the depositor if such concern more than normal inventory reporting or if, at the request of the depositor, communications are made by other than regular United States Mail.

Bonded Storage - SECTION 9

  1. A charge in addition to regular rates will be made for merchandise in bond.
  2. Where a warehouse receipt covers goods in U.S. Customs bond, such receipt shall be void upon the termination of the storage period fixed by law.

Minimum Charge - SECTION 10

  1. A minimum handling charge per lot and a minimum storage charge per lot per month will be made. When a warehouse receipt covers more than one lot or where a lot is in assortment, a minimum charge per mark, brand, or variety will be made.
  2. A minimum monthly charge to one account for storage and/or handling will be made. This charge will apply also to each account when one customer has several accounts, each requiring separate records and billing.

Limitation of Damages - SECTION 11

  1. THE WAREHOUSEMAN SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR INJURY TO GOODS STORED, HOWEVER CAUSED, UNLESS SUCH LOSS OR INJURY RESULTED FROM THE FAILURE BY THE WAREHOUSEMAN TO EXERCISE SUCH CARE IN REGARD TO THEM AS A REASONABLY CAREFUL MAN WOULD EXERCISE UNDER LIKE CIRCUMSTANCES AND WAREHOUSEMAN IS NOT LIABLE FOR DAMAGES WHICH COULD NOT HAVE BEEN AVOIDED BY THE EXERCISE OF SUCH CARE.
  2. GOODS ARE NOT INSURED BY WAREHOUSEMAN AGAINST LOSS OR INJURY HOWEVER CAUSED.
  3. THE DEPOSITOR DECLARES THAT DAMAGES ARE LIMITED TO 5 TIMES THE BASE STORAGE RATE OR $.50 PER POUND WHICHEVER IS LESS, PROVIDED HOWEVER, THAT SUCH LIABILITY MAY AT THE TIME OF ACCEPTANCE OF THIS CONTRACT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 1 BE INCREASED ON PART OR ALL OF THE GOODS HEREUNDER IN WHICH EVENT A MONTHLY CHARGE OF 1% OF EXCESS VALUATION WILL BE MADE IN ADDITION TO THE REGULAR MONTHLY STORAGE CHARGE.

Notice of Claim and Filing Suit - SECTION 12

  1. Claims by the depositor and all other person must be presented in writing to the warehouseman within a reasonable time, and in no event longer than either 10 days after delivery of the goods by the warehouseman or 10 days after depositor of record or the last known holder of a negotiable warehouse receipt is notified by the warehouseman that loss or injury to part or all of the goods has occurred, whichever time is shorter.
  2. No action may be maintained by the depositor or others against the warehouseman for loss or injury to the goods stored unless timely written claim has been given as provided in paragraph (a) of this section and unless such action is commenced either within three months after date of delivery by warehouseman or within three months after depositor of record or the last known holder of a negotiable warehouse receipt is notified that loss or injury to part or all of the goods has occurred, whichever time is shorter.
  3. When goods have not been delivered, notice may be given of known loss or injury to the goods by mailing of a registered or certified letter to the depositor of record or to the last known holder of a negotiable warehouse receipt. Time limitations for presentation of claim in writing and maintaining of action after notice begin on the date of mailing of such notice by warehouseman.

ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO THIS CONTRACT

Nothing entered hereon shall be construed to extend the warehouseman's liability beyond the standard of care specified in Section 11 above.

I have read all of the terms and conditions stated herein, and do hereby represent that I understand, agree with, and covenant to comply with everything contained therein.

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