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What is A Carrier’s Lien?

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What Is A Carrier’s Lien?

A Carrier’s Lien is a freight carrier‘s right to hold on to cargo until they have received payment for transporting the goods. That right comes from common law and applies to shipments covered by a bill of lading. If there is a problem, and the shipper fails to uphold their promise to pay for the shipment, the carrier’s lien effectively enables them to keep the goods as hostage.


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