Cargo, Customs & International Trade

IMG assists both shippers and carriers in preparing and reviewing transport and freight contracts.

Whether its a bill of lading, airway bill, letter of credit, or spot charter, IMG attorneys can answer your legal questions quickly and efficiently. Our goal is to take legal matters off our client's plate so they can get back to doing what they do best.

Legal topics we frequently advise shippers and carriers on:

  • Bills of Lading
  • Tariffs
  • Cargo Contracts and Insurance
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA)
  • Demurrage
  • Arbitration Clauses
  • Indemnity Agreements
  • Project Cargo
  • Spot Charters
  • Regulatory Issues

Cargo Law Experts

Here are some reasons you should call IMG to discuss how our team of legal experts can help you with your cargo transport needs.


Fom oil and grain, through to containerized cargoes and specialist cargoes like LNG and contaminated waste... we have come across nearly every conceivable misfortune that can happen to cargo, ranging from Acts of God to General Average, Piracy to Pollution.


The rules governing international trade and cargo are complex, and corporations often have to navigate an intricate network of multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements – as well as, widely differing national laws and regulations. To provide our clients with the international answers that they need, IMG offers multi-jurisdictional expertise through our network of legal providers.

Practical Legal Advice

We provide effective and practical solutions for complex procedural issues that are international in nature and often times multi-jurisdictional.  Indeed, it is our job to cut through the complexity and “legalese” in order to provide clear, precise and insightful answer to our clients. We balance the big picture with what our clients need to know, now.

Who we work with


IMG is well-poised to represent shippers, including those engaged in combined or multimodal transportation. Our attorneys counsel clients on transactions and disputes arising out of commodities contracts, sale of goods, import/export, letters of credit, bonds, guarantees, escrow and trust arrangements, bills of lading, carriage of goods, contracts of affreightment, limitation, and insurance and reinsurance.

Our lawyers are experts in all aspects of shipping law. You will have access to legal advice that is grounded in a practical understanding of carrying and insuring cargo and the problems it presents. If your business involves the carriage and insurance of cargo, efficient, cost-effective dispute resolution is vital. Our aim is to get the best commercial outcome for you at the earliest possible moment. This will help you to keep any disruption to your business to a minimum.

Shippers Interest
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Freight Forwarders

IMG advises Freight Forwarders on various transactions and disputes arising out of the supply chain.

The everyday transport of goods is fraught with far-reaching liability risks for freight forwarders. Based on the liability provisions provided by law and those found in the transport agreement, businesses may be held liable for damaged or lost cargo. The same applies for financial damages which are incurred by a customer, for example as a result of a delayed delivery. The service provider is also liable for these damages depending on the applicable basis for liability, irrespective of own fault. If a customer makes a claim with regard to damage to goods being transported, the service provider (freight forwarder, carrier, NVOCC) must clarify itself if it must compensate the loss. This is often difficult without knowledge of the law in the case of transport using different means of transport, which is where IMG can help.


The Non-Vessel-Operating-Common-Carrier (NVOCC) is a significant aspect of cargo transport in the present global ocean freight market. IMG has very special knowledge for advising, assisting and managing a NVOCC organization for logistics service providers in respect of a professional NVOCC setup, registration and/or restructuring, creation of NVOCC cargo documents, contracts and operational procedures as well as advising and assisting the restructuring of internal work flows/ processes in medium size and large logistics service providers.

We are ready to check the current status of the NVOCC setup of your company, propose improvements of shortcomings and execute changes if so requested. We also prepare and review template professional NVOCC documentation.

“non-vessel-operating common carriers” or “NVOCCs.”
Project Cargo

Project Cargo

IMG provides project cargo services to clients worldwide. If it’s overweight, oversized, and extremely high value, our legal team has the experience and knowledge to expertly handle the legal and regulatory complexities of your shipment—regardless of the location.

Our legal team will work with you and your staff to help assess your statutory and contractual liability associated with your shipment. We will also negotiate the best deal possible for you with freight forwarders and carriers in order to limit any liability associated with the project. The result is complex projects are handled on- time and on budget, and more importantly without any legal exposure.

Let Us Help

Let us apply our world-class capabilities. We’ll start by getting to know you. You do the talking, we’ll do the listening. Our tailored solutions will help you meet the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the U. S. market, and beyond.

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