We are excited to announce our fleet: InstiCo Express!
Why Our Own Fleet?
As part of our plan for expansion, we incorporated InstiCo Express LLC in 2014. In addition to converting our dedicated brokerage business, we are positioning InstiCo Express to have a strong presence in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia and Indiana. Further, we expect to develop a strong cartage presence in the DFW area.
Currently, we have one terminal in Dallas. As we grow the fleet and business base, we are targeting Memphis, Little Rock and El Paso as future InstiCo terminals. Our fleet has the capacity to haul freight of all kinds and will support our brokerage, dedicated freight, and new business.
We are hiring drivers!
Experienced drivers wanted! All drivers must have clean records with no felonies or history of drug use. Contact us if you are interested in being a part of this exciting opportunity with InstiCo Express!
InstiCo Express Terms and Conditions
NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the foregoing premises and the mutual agreements and provisions hereinafter set forth, the Parties hereby mutually agree as follows:
- Term. This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect for a year period beginning on the date of customer’s signed credit application and acknowledgement of our terms and conditions and continuing thereafter on a year-to-year basis. Either Party may terminate this Agreement at any time, with cause, upon thirty (30) days’ written notice to the other party. Both parties agree to give the other 30 days written notice to remedy any issues prior to terminating this agreement.
- Scope of Agreement. Carrier (InstiCo Express) is a motor carrier under 49 U.S.C. 13102(12), is duly registered with the Department of Transportation pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 13902 and 13905 with a Motor Carrier Safety Rating of “ NA”, and will provide lawful and responsible transportation service to Shipper under contract. Shipper will tender Carrier freight for transportation. The scope of the service contemplated by the Parties is set forth in separate appendixes. Carrier shall be an independent contractor of Shipper. As between the Parties, Carrier shall have the sole and exclusive responsibility for the costs and over the manner in which its employees and/or independent contractors perform the transportation service, including the equipment provided.
- Rates, Charges, and Payment Terms.
- Shipper shall pay Carrier, within 30 days of the shipment date shown on the invoice, the amounts calculated in accordance with the schedule of rates and charges attached hereto in the Scope of Work in Appendix A, including any written supplements thereto, and as otherwise set forth in this Agreement. No offsets may be taken against invoiced charges. Carrier shall apply Shipper’s payment to the amount due for the specified invoice, regardless whether there are earlier unpaid invoices. Carrier may assess a service charge of 5 % per month (or the highest lawful rate, if less) for any delayed payments.
- On billings to third parties, Shipper, as the contracting party with Carrier, will be responsible for all freight and related charges for transportation under this Agreement. As an accommodation to Shipper, Carrier shall bill a third party upon notice on the freight documentation the Parties utilize, but Shipper agrees to guarantee payment and stand as primary debtor. Carrier shall: (i) advise Shipper if third party payment is not made within thirty (15) days of billing; (ii) assign to Shipper any rights Carrier may have to collect freight charges from the third party; and (iii) cooperate with Shipper in any collection proceeding instituted by Shipper, with the understanding that Carrier will be reimbursed reasonable expenses of so doing. Shipper will pay the third party freight bill within thirty
(30) days of the assignment provided above.
- If Shipper does not pay the invoiced amounts, Carrier must commence civil action or final and binding arbitration proceedings to recover such invoiced amounts within eighteen (18) months of delivery or tender of delivery of the shipments involved. If Carrier alleges undercharges, or Shipper alleges overcharges, duplicate payment, or overcollection, notice of such claims or unidentified payments must be given within 180 days of receipt of the invoice and a civil action or arbitration proceeding must be filed within eighteen (18) months of delivery or tender of delivery of the shipments involved. The processing, investigation, and disposition of overcharge, unidentified payment, duplicate payment, or overcollection claims shall be governed by present federal regulations codified at 49 C.F.R. Part 378.
- Freight Documentation. The Uniform Freight Documentation form set forth as Appendix D may be utilized by the Parties. The terms and conditions of this Agreement shall prevail over those appearing on that form or any other form(s) used by the Parties for the delivery of freight. Any form(s) used by the Parties shall only be used for the purpose of documenting the pick- up and delivery of freight. Either Party, at its option, may supply any document required by or referenced in this Agreement in either paper or electronic form (including, but not limited to, an electronically imaged, faxed, photocopied, or online posted version), and any such version shall be sufficient for all purposes under this Agreement. Unless specifically agreed to by the Parties, any joint movement involving another transportation entity to or from a point outside the U.S. shall not be considered as moving on a “through” bill of lading. Carrier agrees not to subcontract, broker, interline, or to use “substituted services” by rail or motor carrier without the specific approval of Shipper. If for any reason this is done without permission, Carrier shall be liable to Shipper for any cargo loss, damage, or injury to the same extent as if Carrier performed the service.
- Insurance. Carrier shall maintain during the term of this Agreement (a) workers’ compensation insurance on all employees, as required by applicable state law, (b) automobile and property damage liability insurance with limits of liability of not less than
$1,000,000 per occurrence, (c) cargo insurance to cover damage to or loss of cargo in the amount of $100,000 per occurrence, and (d) general liability insurance with limits of liability of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence. The required insurance shall cover the entire geographic scope in which the Carrier will operate under this Agreement and, as applicable, be “Broad Form.” Upon request, Carrier will furnish Shipper with a certificate of insurance from a reputable insurance company evidencing such insurance. Carrier will request that its insurance company provide 30 days’ advance notice to Shipper prior to cancellation of such insurance. Neither Party waives any right to subrogation it or its insurers may have arising out of service provided pursuant to this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Carrier meets all applicable federal requirements, Carrier may self- insure. Upon request, Carrier shall furnish Shipper with proof of self- insurance.
- Refused Shipment -Warehouseman Liability. If the consignee refuses the lading tendered by Carrier or if Carrier is unable to deliver the lading because of fault or mistake of Shipper or the consignee, or if Shipper advises and instructs Carrier to stop movement of the lading and to hold it in transit, Carrier’s liability thereafter immediately shall be that of a warehouseman. The procedures which Carrier agrees to and will take as a warehouseman involve the use of ordinary care to keep the lading in a safe or suitable place or to store the lading properly. Carrier shall (a) attempt to give Shipper notice as soon as possible if the foregoing occurs, (b) place the lading in public storage, if available, unless Carrier receives contrary disposition instructions from Shipper within twenty-four (24) hours, and (c) if disposition instructions are not given by Shipper within ten (10) days of Carrier’s initial notification to Shipper, Carrier may offer the lading for public sale. In the case of perishable lading, Carrier may dispose of the lading at a time and in a manner Carrier deems appropriate. Shipper will be responsible for storage costs and reasonable costs Carrier incurs in acting as a warehouseman. To the extent any sale or disposal revenues exceed the storage costs and the costs Carrier incurs as a warehouseman, Carrier shall remit the balance to Shipper. If Shipper gives Carrier timely disposition instructions, Carrier shall use any commercially reasonable steps to abide with such instructions. Shipper will pay Carrier’s costs and any additional transportation costs Carrier incurs in doing so.
- Cargo Liability.
- Carrier shall be liable to Shipper for loss or damage to lading occurring while it is in Carrier’s possession, except to the extent such loss or damage is caused by an act of God or a public enemy, a public authority, an act of Shipper, or the inherent vice or nature of the lading. Carrier’s possession of lading under this Agreement shall begin when Carrier has executed the freight documentation form for such lading and shall terminate upon the lading being tendered for delivery to Shipper’s consignee.
- Carrier’s monetary liability will be limited to the amount of cargo insurance provided in Section 5 above. If Shipper asserts that the value of lading on a particular shipment shall exceed this amount, Carrier shall be advised twenty- four (24) hours before the time of tendering a load. Carrier may refuse the load or secure additional cargo insurance in the amount of liability Shipper claims, the cost of which shall be invoiced to Shipper as part of freight charges. Shipper also shall note any separately agreed value on the freight documentation form referenced in Section 4 above. If the freight Shipper tenders consistently exceeds the amount of cargo insurance provided in Section 5 above, the Parties shall agree in writing to an alternate cargo insurance amount, which will be reflected in freight charges otherwise assessed.
- Claims for loss or damage to lading must be filed in writing by Shipper within nine (9) months from date of delivery, or scheduled date of delivery for lost lading, or in the absence of a scheduled delivery date, the filing period shall begin after a reasonable time has elapsed for delivery, and a civil suit or arbitration proceeding shall be commenced by Shipper within two (2) years from the date Carrier gives Shipper written notice Carrier is disallowing the claim or any part of it. Claims will be filed and resolved in accordance with federal regulations codified at 49 C.F.R. Part 370.
- The measure of damages for loss of or physical damage to the cargo shall be the manufacturer’s cost of the lading.
- In no event shall Carrier be liable to Shipper or anyone else for special, incidental, or consequential damages that relate to loss, damage or delay to a shipment. In no event shall Carrier be liable to Shipper or anyone else for punitive or exemplary damages that relate to loss, damage or delay to a shipment.
- Sealed Shipment. If Shipper loads and seals the lading in or on the trailer and Carrier does not have the opportunity to count the lading being loaded and the seal is intact upon delivery, Carrier shall be absolved from any liability for shortages or any damage to the lading except when proximately caused by independent action of Carrier. Such absolution of liability will also occur if (i) the seal is broken at the direction and under the supervision of an agent of a body politic, or (ii) trailers are preloaded and the adequacy of loading or count of such trailer is not practical by a representative of Carrier. Carrier agrees that if a seal is broken and an inspection made by an agent of a body politic, its operator or other representative will take all reasonable steps to secure the count, safety, and integrity of the lading. These steps will include requesting that the body politic reseal the trailer and/or make appropriate notation on the freight documentation form. Carrier may break the seal on a trailer if, upon Carrier’s determination or that of its operator or other representative, it becomes reasonably necessary to do so to inspect, reposition, or protect the lading or Carrier’s equipment or to comply with federal, state, municipal, or provincial laws, rules, and regulations. Shipper’s consignee may not refuse delivery of a shipment solely because the seal on a trailer is broken.
- Salvage. Shipper will have the right reasonably to determine to repair, repackage, salvage, or scrap damaged lading. If Shipper elects to salvage lading, Shipper shall notify Carrier to return the lading to Shipper or allow Carrier to dispose of the lading. If salvage is sought, at least two independent bids shall be obtained, and the highest bid accepted. Any monies received in salvage, whether accomplished by Carrier or Shipper, will be credited, if applicable, against any amount Carrier may otherwise be responsible for in terms of the damages. Shipper may condition salvage upon the removal of all identifying marks or labels or the lading being permanently marked as “damaged” or with a similar notation. If Carrier is retained by Shipper to return the damaged lading for repair, salvage, or scrapping, Shipper agrees to pay Carrier freight charges otherwise provided in this Agreement, or at a negotiated rate to be reduced to writing, without prejudice to recovery of such freight charges as damages. Damaged lading will not be scrapped unless repair and/or salvage is not feasible. If Carrier salvages the lading, Carrier may bill a reasonable charge for doing so against salvage receipts.
- Carrier shall defend, indemnify, and hold Shipper and its employees and agents harmless from and against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, fines, penalties, payments, costs, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees) caused by and resulting from (i) the negligence or intentional misconduct of Carrier or its employees or agents, or (ii) Carrier’s or its employees’ or agents’ violation of applicable laws or regulations.
- Shipper shall defend, indemnify, and hold Carrier and its employees and agents harmless from and against all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, fines, penalties, payments, costs, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees) caused by and resulting from (i) the negligence or intentional misconduct of Shipper, its employees, or agents, or (ii) Shipper’s or its employees’ or agents’ violation of applicable laws or regulations.
- In the event such claims, liabilities, losses, damages, fines, penalties, payments, costs, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees) are caused by the joint and concurrent negligence of the Parties, or the Parties and a third party, the indemnity obligations for such claims, liabilities, losses, damages, fines, penalties, payments, costs, and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees) shall be borne by each Party in proportion to its degree of fault.
- In no event shall either Party be liable to the other under this Section 10 to the extent damages are incidental, consequential, special, punitive, or exemplary. Any indemnified party under this Section 10 shall promptly tender the defense of any claim to the indemnifying Party. Carrier’s liability for cargo damage shall be governed by Section 7 above.
- Hazardous Materials. Shipper shall identify any loads that contain Hazardous Materials, as defined in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, 49 U.S.C. §5101 et seq., as amended, and the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation made thereunder, at least 24 hours in advance of tendering to Carrier. Not less than 12 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up time, Carrier shall either: (i) decline such load, or (ii) accept such load on terms and conditions identified by Carrier in such acceptance, which terms may include market rates and the pass through of any associated costs to Shipper. If Carrier accepts such load, Carrier represents and warrants that it is fully qualified and authorized to transport Hazardous Materials in the United States. Carrier and Shipper certify that they are familiar with U.S. laws and regulations applicable to transportation of Hazardous Materials and that they will comply with all such laws and regulations. Carrier further certifies that its employees, including drivers, have been trained and instructed in the proper method of transporting Hazardous Materials. Upon Carrier request, Shipper will provide a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet for the Hazardous Materials.
- Legal Restra int or Force Majeure. In the event performance by one Party is affected by any cause beyond the reasonable control of such Party, including without limitation, fire, labor strife, riot, war, weather conditions, acts of the public enemy, acts of God, acts of terrorism, local or national disruptions to transportation networks or operations, material equipment repairs, fuel shortages, governmental regulations, or governmental request or requisition for national defense, and provided that the applicable cause is not attributable to the acts or omissions of such Party, and such Party is taking reasonable measures to remove or mitigate the effects of the applicable cause, then the running of all periods of time mentioned herein and the performance of all obligations required herein shall be suspended during the continuance of such interruption, and such Party shall promptly notify the other Party of such interruption. Such period of suspension shall not in any way invalidate this Agreement, but on resumption of operations, any affected performance by such Party shall be resumed. Carrier shall be permitted an extension period equal to the period of suspension to complete shipments adversely affected by the suspension. No liability shall be incurred by either Party for damages resulting from such suspensions.
- Business and Employment Opportunity. Shipper agrees to notify Carrier twenty- four (24) hours before tendering any load that would subject Carrier to regulation under any non-discrimination laws, rules, orders, and regulations of governmental authorities, including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Executive Order 11246, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974. If Carrier accepts such a load, the Parties agree to comply with any applicable non- discrimination laws, rules, orders, and regulations.
- Notices. Any notice required or permitted to be given under this Agreement, unless otherwise indicated, shall be deemed sufficiently given if it is delivered by hand or sent by prepaid mail, registered or certified, return receipt requested, by a nationally recognized overnight courier, or facsimile transmission (with confirming copy sent first class mail) if sent to the address or fax number and to the attention of the individual noted in the signatory provision hereof.
- Captions. The captions set forth in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not be considered a part of this Agreement nor affect in any way the meaning of the terms and provisions hereof.
- Successors and Assigns; Other Parties. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns. This Agreement may not be assigned by either Party without the writ ten consent of the other Party, except to any wholly-owned subsidiary of such Party and, except in the case of Carrier, an assignment in connection with the sale of substantially all of the assets of Carrier or merger by Carrier with or into another entity.
- Entire Agreement. This Agreement and the attached Appendices constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties hereto and supersedes all prior agreements, representations, warranties, statements, promises, information, arrangements, and understandings, whether oral, written, expressed, or implied, with respect to the subject matter hereof.
- Amendments. No amendment or modification of the terms of this Agreement shall be binding unless in writing and signed by the Parties.
- Severability. Any term or provision of this Agreement that is held to be invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity or unenforceability without rendering invalid or unenforceable the remaining terms and provisions of this Agreement or affecting the validity or enforceability of any of the terms or provisions of this Agreement in any other jurisdiction.
- Waiver. No waiver of any right, power, or privilege hereunder shall be binding upon any Party unless in writing and signed by or on behalf of the Party against which the waiver is asserted.
- Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, any or all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument.
- Governing Law. The Parties desire that the provisions of this Agreement will have precedence over any federal or state provisions governing or dealing with the specific provisions of this Agreement. The Parties agree that pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 14101(b)(1) they expressly waive any and all rights and remedies under the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act and Interstate Commerce Act as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder, including Part B of Subtitle IV Interstate Transportation, 49 U.S.C. § 13101, et seq, (the “Acts”) that are inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement. No Party shall challenge any provision of this Agreement on the ground that any such provision or provisions violates the waived rights and remedies under the Acts. To the extent no conflicts exist with this Agreement or federal law, the law of the State indicated in the Shipper’s address in the signatory provision hereof shall apply.
- Dispute Resolution. The Parties agree that this Agreement is being entered into in good faith and that if a dispute arises in its application or interpretation that:
- They shall attempt to resolve said dispute between themselves or upon mutual agreement by the intervention of an experienced mediator and upon the terms and cost allocation agreed upon.
- If a dispute is not resolved voluntarily, good faith considerations shall be given to submitting the dispute to final and binding arbitration under the Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator at a point mutually agreed upon or if no point is agreed upon at the offices of the Association which is approximately equal distance from the headquarters of the Parties. The award of the arbitrator may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction.
- If arbitration is not agreed to, or if the dispute involves a remedy not otherwise available in arbitration such as, but not limited to, injunctions, criminal penalties, or certain equitable relief, civil action may be pursued subject to the following: (i) jury trials are waived by the Parties; (ii) service by certified mail to the persons specified as being entitled to notice under this Agreement and to the address shown shall constitute valid and binding service of process; and (iii) the State of Texas will be all governing laws (iv) Carrier may seek legal fees and court costs for any breach by Shipper
- Any disputes which arise on movements to, from, or within Mexico and/or Canada which cannot be resolved between Carrier and Shipper shall be resolved by final and binding arbitration as provided in Section 23(b) above.
- Confidentiality. The Parties shall keep in confidence and not disclose to any third party (a) the terms of this Agreement, and (b) any confidential or proprietary information either learns about the other Party, such as, but not limited to, the rates, value, origin, destination, or consignee of any shipment made hereunder. The Parties may disclose such terms and information to the extent required by law, to obtain financing, to substitute service providers to the extent necessary to provide such substitute service, or to auditors retained for the purpose of assessing the accuracy of freight bills.
- No Use of Name. Neither Party may use the other’s name, trademarks, or trade names, or those of its subsidiaries or affiliates, in any manner, especially advertising, without the other’s expressed written consent, which may be withheld in such Party’s sole discretion.
- Compliance with Laws and Regulations. The Parties shall at all times comply with all applicable federal, state, municipal, and provincial laws, rules, and regulations including, but not limited to, the federal and state safety regulations. To the extent this Agreement or any services provided hereunder shall conflict with such laws, rules, and regulations, this Agreement and the services provided hereunder shall be modified to comply with such laws, rules, and regulations, and the Parties shall not be deemed in breach of this Agreement or suffer any liability or penalty for compliance with such laws, rules, and regulations. In the event Carrier, through no fault of its own, is delayed or removed from service by or because of an inspection by any body politic, Carrier shall not be deemed in breach of this Agreement, nor shall it suffer any liability or penalty under the terms of this Agreement.
- Commentaries. Under no circumstances shall any of the commentaries to this Agreement be considered a part hereof.