Today, logistics service providers do a lot more than just transport or forwarding. A logistics service provider is increasingly required to take over the entire supply chain activities of clients and to design the most optimal logistics chain for them. The logistic service provider has to deal with storage, inbound, outbound, loading, unloading, stock management, assembly, order handling, order picking, preparation for shipment, invoicing, information exchange and management and the submission of customs declarations in a cost-efficient manner.
The logistics service providers and their activities are referred to in the logistic jargon as 3PL-er (third pary logistics provider), 4PL-er (fourth party logistics provider), transport integrator, Value Added Services ("Vas services"), supply chain management.
Increasing specialisation and extending tasks tend to increasing liabilities. In principle, all these different activities are subject to a separate legal framework and liability regime. In order to avoid discussions, it is essential that the logistics provider specifies its activities and obligations precisely in its general terms and conditions or in a framework agreement with its principal.
Leeward provides legal assistance to logistics service providers, manufacturers and retailers in optimising their supply chain activities and signs a tailor-made contractual framework for this, taking into account any value added services and services level agreements.