Get our app
Account Sign up Sign in

MAKE YOUR FREE Transportation Contract

Make document
Transportation Contract document preview

What is a Transportation Contract?

Generally speaking, Transportation Contracts are created to set forth the terms and payment details for transport services that will be provided. With signatures from the transport company and the cargo owner, this contract helps each party to set expectations and reduce the risk of disagreements. When you build your Transportation Contract on Rocket Lawyer, you may opt to activate Document Defense®, which enables a lawyer to help you get paid or enforce your legal rights.

When to use a Transportation Contract:

  • You're providing car service to another business or individual.
  • You're hiring a car service company to provide transportation.

Sample Transportation Contract

The terms in your document will update based on the information you provide

This document has been customized over 63.8K times
Legally binding and enforceable
Ask a lawyer questions about your document
Sign this document online for free with RocketSign®





This Transportation Contract for Services is made effective as of , by and between  ("") of , ,  , and  ("") of , ,  .


DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES. Beginning on , will provide to  the transportation services described in the attached Exhibit (collectively, the "Services"). the following transportation services (collectively, the "Services"):


PAYMENT. Payment shall be made to , ,  , , ,  ., in the amount of upon completion of the services described in this Contract. upon executing this Contract. .  agrees to pay in installment payments of  . the sum of as follows:


Event and Payment Amount




In addition to any other right or remedy provided by law, if fails to pay for the Services when due, has the option to treat such failure to pay as a material breach of this Contract, and may cancel this Contract and/or seek legal remedies.


TERM. This Contract will terminate automatically upon completion by of the Services required by this Contract. will terminate automatically on . may be terminated by either party upon days' prior written notice to the other party. will remain in effect for a period of .  


INSURANCE. , at 's expense, shall maintain during the term of this Contract, commercial general liability and automobile liability insurance with minimum limits per occurrence and for personal injury and property damage, with minimum limits. shall provide certificate of insurance naming as Certificate Holder, evidencing the foregoing coverage prior to providing any services to under this Contract. shall provide that said insurance shall not be canceled or materially altered until at least thirty (30) days after written notice is received by . shall also maintain any insurance coverage required by any government body including workers compensation (if applicable) for the types of transportation and related services specified.


PERFORMANCE OF SERVICES.  agrees to meet 's distinct transit and pricing requirements agreed to by the parties from time to time after the effective date as confirmed by . further agrees to comply with all of 's reasonable transportation instructions communicated to by , and to comply with all applicable provisions of any Provincial, Federal, State and/or local law or ordinance and all lawful orders, rules and regulations issued thereunder. agrees to perform its services under this Contract in accordance with the highest standards of industry.


EXCLUSIVE CONTROL. shall have sole and exclusive control over the manner in which and its agents perform the transportation service provided for hereunder, and shall utilize such individuals as it may deem necessary in connection therewith, it being understood and agreed that such individuals shall be subject to discharge, discipline, and control solely and exclusively by . represents that it is entirely independent and that it is not substantially economically dependent upon , and there is no functional integration of 's and 's respective operations.


HEALTH & SAFETY.  is responsible to ensure that each of 's employees/drivers/workers receives orientation to his/her job duties, including specific safety requirements, prior to beginning the assignment. No employee/driver/worker of will be assigned to operate a vehicle or instructed to perform duties for which they do not have the skill or training to perform safely.


PROMPT SERVICE.  shall promptly and efficiently receive and transport passengers safely, within 's established schedules.


CONFIDENTIALITY. , and its employees, agents, or representatives will not at any time or in any manner, either directly or indirectly, use for the personal benefit of , or divulge, disclose, or communicate in any manner, any information that is proprietary to . and its employees, agents, and representatives will protect such information and treat it as strictly confidential. This provision will continue to be effective after the termination of this Contract.


RETURN OF PROPERTY. Upon termination of this Contract, will return to all records, notes, documentation and other items that were used, created, or controlled by during the term of this Contract.


INDEMNIFICATION.  agrees to indemnify and hold harmless from all claims, losses, expenses, fees including attorney fees, costs, and judgments that may be asserted against that result from the acts or omissions of and/or 's employees, agents, or representatives.


WARRANTY.  shall provide its services and meet its obligations under this Contract in a timely and workmanlike manner, using knowledge and recommendations for performing the services which meet generally acceptable standards in 's community and region, and will provide a standard of care equal to, or superior to, care used by transporters similar to on similar projects.


DEFAULT. The occurrence of any of the following shall constitute a material default under this Contract:


a. The failure to make a required payment when due.


b. The insolvency or bankruptcy of either party.


c. The subjection of any of either party's property to any levy, seizure, general assignment for the benefit of creditors, application or sale for or by any creditor or government agency.


d. The failure to make available or deliver the Services in the time and manner provided for in this Contract.


REMEDIES. In addition to any and all other rights a party may have available according to law, if a party defaults by failing to substantially perform any provision, term or condition of this Contract (including without limitation the failure to make a monetary payment when due), the other party may terminate the Contract by providing written notice to the defaulting party. This notice shall describe with sufficient detail the nature of the default. The party receiving such notice shall have days from the effective date of such notice to cure the default(s). Unless waived by a party providing notice, the failure to cure the default(s) within such time period shall result in the automatic termination of this Contract.


FORCE MAJEURE. If performance of this Contract or any obligation under this Contract is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by causes beyond either party's reasonable control ("Force Majeure"), and if the party unable to carry out its obligations gives the other party prompt written notice of such event, then the obligations of the party invoking this provision shall be suspended to the extent necessary by such event. The term Force Majeure shall include, without limitation, acts of God, fire, explosion, vandalism, storm or other similar occurrence, orders or acts of military or civil authority, or by national emergencies, insurrections, riots, or wars, or strikes, lock-outs, work stoppages, or other labor disputes, or supplier failures. The excused party shall use reasonable efforts under the circumstances to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall proceed to perform with reasonable dispatch whenever such causes are removed or ceased. An act or omission shall be deemed within the reasonable control of a party if committed, omitted, or caused by such party, or its employees, officers, agents, or affiliates.


ARBITRATION. Any controversies or disputes arising out of or relating to this Contract shall be resolved by binding arbitration in accordance with the then-current Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. The parties shall select a mutually acceptable arbitrator knowledgeable about issues relating to the subject matter of this Contract. In the event the parties are unable to agree to such a selection, each party will select an arbitrator and the two arbitrators in turn shall select a third arbitrator, all three of whom shall preside jointly over the matter. The arbitration shall take place at a location that is reasonably centrally located between the parties, or otherwise mutually agreed upon by the parties. All documents, materials, and information in the possession of each party that are in any way relevant to the dispute shall be made available to the other party for review and copying no later than 30 days after the notice of arbitration is served. The arbitrator(s) shall not have the authority to modify any provision of this Contract or to award punitive damages. The arbitrator(s) shall have the power to issue mandatory orders and restraint orders in connection with the arbitration. The decision rendered by the arbitrator(s) shall be final and binding on the parties, and judgment may be entered in conformity with the decision in any court having jurisdiction. The agreement to arbitration shall be specifically enforceable under the prevailing arbitration law. During the continuance of any arbitration proceeding, the parties shall continue to perform their respective obligations under this Contract.


ENTIRE AGREEMENT. This Contract contains the entire agreement of the parties, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written concerning the subject matter of this Contract. This Contract supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties.


SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Contract will be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions will continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Contract is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision will be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.


AMENDMENT. This Contract may be modified or amended in writing, if the writing is signed by the party obligated under the amendment.


GOVERNING LAW. This Contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Commonwealth of


NOTICE. Any notice or communication required or permitted under this Contract shall be sufficiently given if delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address set forth in the opening paragraph or to such other address as one party may have furnished to the other in writing.


WAIVER OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHT. The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Contract shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Contract.


ASSIGNMENT. Neither party may assign or transfer this Contract without the prior written consent of the non-assigning party, which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.


SIGNATURES. This Contract shall be signed by , on behalf of and by , on behalf of .





By:   Date:  






By:   Date:  



Transportation Contract Checklist



Make It Legal™

Find out next steps for your document


___Sign this document. This document needs to be signed by:



The Transportation Contract can be signed online. It becomes effective as of the date specified in the contract.


___Everyone gets a copy. Anyone named in the document should receive a copy of the signed document. If you sign this contract online a copy will be securely stored in your account. You can share your document from your account.



Transportation Contract FAQs

Collapse all
Expand all
  • Should carriers always make Transport Contracts?

    Regardless of who is the broker or owner of the goods that you are transporting, it is important to capture the details of any commitments to the client in writing. You may decide that you want this document due to the fact that it can grant the following list of benefits:

    • Neither party is confused about fees charged
    • Neither party is surprised by how long the engagement lasts
    • Both parties understand their responsibilities

    If you choose not to use a Transportation Agreement, neither party will get to enjoy all of the associated benefits and protections.

  • What should a contract for transport services contain?

    In order to build a Transportation Contract right now, you will need to have the following details:

    • The contact information for the cargo owner
    • What tasks you will be responsible for
    • How much it will cost and when payment is due
    • What the duration of the engagement is

    As you may expect from an agreement like this, any Transport Contract made with Rocket Lawyer will also include the standard legalese regarding the non-employer relationship between the carrier and cargo owner, liability for losses, and finally, the method(s) of dispute resolution. While building your agreement, you also can choose its state of jurisdiction. Using the document tool, you have the ability to implement further custom alterations, if needed.

  • How do I create my own transportation contract template online?

    The great news is you don't need to start from scratch when putting your contract in writing. When using Rocket Lawyer, any carrier can create a free Transportation Contract online very easily. Your agreement will be assembled step by step, so you can be sure that it has the correct details that you'll need. Ordinarily, for this level of personalization, you might ultimately pay a conventional attorney a few hundred dollars, if not more, in fees.

    If you've got any doubts or concerns about how to move forward, you can talk to an attorney today. You may also wish to check out our entire selection of business legal documents .

  • Is anything else required after creating my Transportation Contract?

    Upon completing your custom contract, you'll be able to view it on any device, anytime. With a membership, you will be able to edit, print out, save it in PDF format or as a Word file, make a copy of it, and/or sign it when you're ready with RocketSign®. Each Transportation Contract comes with its own series of directions on what you can do next. As a best practice, you should provide a copy of your fully signed contract to your client.

  • Can my Transportation Agreement be looked at by a lawyer?

    Depending on whom you reach out to, some lawyers won't even accept requests to review documents that they did not author. A more favorable approach worth consideration is to go through attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. When you sign up for a Premium membership, you will be able to ask for guidance from an Rocket Lawyer network attorney with experience in business or ask other legal questions related to your Transportation Agreement. As always, we're here to support you.

Transportation Contract document preview

Create Your Document In Just 3 Easy Steps:

Build your document

Build your document

Answer a few simple questions to make your document in minutes

Right-facing arrow
Save, print & share

Save, print & share

Save progress and finish on any device, download & print anytime

Right-facing arrow
Sign & make it legal

Sign & make it legal

Securely sign online and invite others to sign

Right-facing arrow

Ask a lawyer

Our network attorneys are here for you.
0/600 !

You've exceeded the character limit.

Rocket Lawyer Network Attorneys

Looking for something else?

Start your Transportation Contract now and get Rocket Lawyer FREE for 7 days

Get legal services you can trust at prices you can afford. You'll get:

All the legal documents you need—customize, share, print & more

Unlimited electronic signatures with RocketSign®

Ask a lawyer questions or have them review your document

Dispute protection on all your contracts with Document Defense®

30-minute phone call with a lawyer about any new issue

Discounts on business and attorney services