The lawyers in our partnership represent logistics companies, forwarding agents and shipping undertakings agents operating both nationally and internationally, as well as insurance companies, underwriting agents and insurance brokers. We assist our clients as advisers, representatives, and, if necessary, arbitrator. BMT figures among the most prestigious law firms in Germany also in this field of law.
In the fields of transport, forwarding and logistics, we assist our clients with all legal matters that may arise in the field of national and international freight traffic. Besides many years of experience, we possess a wide range of specialist knowledge concerning all types of transport – whether by land, air or sea.
In collaboration with our clients, we prepare customized contracts, as well as general terms and conditions of business. We are also immediately available if a damage case has occurred, or legal issues of any kind arise in connection with processing shipments. This applies to both the core concepts of transport and forwarding law and all associated requirements. That means that we attend to the intricacies of customs and insurance law, as well as formulating policies and terms and conditions.
Transport & forwarding
The complex of regulations surrounding transport law is great. The lay person is confronted with a bewildering network of international agreements, national standards and additional sets of terms and conditions, which cascade into one another. In addition, there is the fact that European and international laws increasingly encroach upon the work flow of shipping undertakings and forwarding agents domiciled both within the country and abroad.
BMT assists you in the field of freight traffic by taking an integral approach. We draw up the legal framework for the provision of cross-border services by the transport and freight forwarding industry, inclusive of formulating general terms and conditions of business. Furthermore, our activity covers assistance in handling transport damage, compensation claims or liability claims.
We see to it that we provide advice on the necessary documentation, which includes, among other things, consignment notes, as well as other shipping documentation. And Büsing Müffelmann & Theye is naturally also there to assist when it comes to defending its clients against damage claims. In this respect, it is to be noted that claims under transport law are subject to curtailed limitation and preclusion periods. For this reason, we recommend our clients to consult us in good time, and clear up matters quickly.
We assist our clients, at all stages, with national and cross-border distribution of goods. The latter ranges from the legal structure of the distribution to the physical movement, and up to the storage of the products in question. It is to be borne in mind with logistics contracts that it is not a field of law that is designed with one single approach. Logistics contracts usually deploy a mixed form, with aspects drawn from freight contracts, service contracts and work contracts. In addition, there are the requirements of storage law.
BMT assists you all round in drafting the agreement. We examine existing logistics agreements, and take on the implementation of claims arising from individual logistics contracts. Our spectrum of consultancy services also includes, inter alia, outsourcing and supply chain management.
Customs and excise law
Circumstances in the fields of transportation and shipping are subject to an interdisciplinary networking of various legal fields. Büsing Müffelmann & Theye accommodates you by being able to offer you supplementary advice in the field of customs and excise law, along with the associated fields of fiscal law and in particular VAT law. This is where our lawyers specialising in transport and forwarding law collaborate seamlessly with our lawyers specialising in tax law. We assist you in carrying out imports and exports in proper form, in line with the regulations of customs and fiscal law, as well as avoiding any risks arising from such activities.
We especially advise and represent our clients in the fields of carrier’s liability insurance and transport insurance. The legal fields of carrier’s liability insurance and transport insurance are of great significance when drawing up transport-related agreements, and naturally also in handling damages under transport law. This is where BMT ensures legal certainty. We check whether the contract is designed in line with the requirements of your transport insurance or carrier’s liability insurance. In damage cases, we help you to uphold claims or, if necessary, enforce them vis-à-vis the insurance company.