Rule No. 53: SHIPMENTS OF ARTICLES OF EXTRAORDINARY VALUE/VALUABLE CARGO

  1. Advance arrangements must be made with Carrier for shipment of Articles of Extraordinary Value or Valuable Cargo as defined in Rule No. 2 - Definitions.
    1. Articles of Extraordinary Value and Valuable Cargo must be packed in sealed outside containers.
    2. Money in coin form must be packed in sealed metal or wooden boxes.
    3. Containers or boxes must not be smaller than 27 cubic feet and of sufficient strength to permit stacking other freight around and on top.
  2. The following provisions shall apply to Shipments of Articles of Extraordinary Value:
    1. Shipments will be accepted only at an  area designated by Carrier not more than 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure of the flight for which advance arrangements have been made; and
    2. Shipper warrants in writing that the Shipper has arranged with Consignee that the Consignee will accept delivery of the Shipment at the destination airport within 3 hours after the scheduled flight arrival time.
    3. In the event the Shipment will not be available for acceptance by the Consignee within 3 hours after the scheduled arrival time, Carrier will notify the Consignee and will determine if the Consignee will accept delivery of the Shipment within 3 hours after the time of notification of arrival or actual arrival of the Shipment, whichever is later. If the Consignee will not accept delivery of the Shipment within such period of time, or if Carrier is unable to contact the Consignee, Carrier will proceed in accordance with the provisions below.
    4. If the Shipment is rejected by Carrier prior to the performance of any transportation by air from the airport of origin, or, if the Consignee fails to accept delivery of the Shipment within 3 hours after the time of notification of arrival or actual arrival of the Shipment, or if Carrier is unable to contact the Consignee within 3 hours after actual arrival of the Shipment. Carrier shall have the authority and charge for:
      1. hire an armored vehicle, or if the Shipment cannot be accommodated in an armored vehicle, a vehicle with an armed guard to deliver the Shipment to a public warehouse or other suitable repository for safe at the Shipper's expense, subject to applicable U.S. Customs laws and regulations, and
      2. hire an armed guard service to protect the Shipment until the Shipment is so disposed of, or until the Consignee accepts the Shipment, whichever occurs first. Carrier will notify the Shipper and Consignee by Collect telegram at the address shown on the Air Waybill if the Shipment has been so disposed of.
    5. If the shipment has not been accepted and the Shipper has not provided Carrier with written instructions regarding the Shipment within 120 hours after the time Carrier has sent notifying letter, fax, or e-mail, Carrier will dispose of the shipment at public or private sale without further notice to the Shipper or Consignee.
    6. The Shipper and owner are liable for all charges and expenses resulting from or in connection with the failure to take delivery of the consignment including, but not limited to, carriage charges incurred in returning the consignment. If the consignment is returned to the airport of departure and the Shipper or owner refuses or neglects to make such payments within 15 days after such return, Carrier will dispose of the consignment or any part thereof at public or private sale after giving the Shipper at the address stated on the Air Waybill 10 days notice of its intention to do so.
  3. The terms and conditions of the Air Waybill and these Rules and Regulations shall extend to such armored vehicle or vehicle with an armed guard hired by Carrier, and all resulting charges incurred by Carrier must be paid by the Shipper of Consignee.
  4. It will be the Shipper’s sole responsibility for any non-compliance with the conditions set for in the Rule relating to or causing any damage, delay, or less of whatsoever nature of the cargo; and the Shipper agrees to indemnify the Carrier for any liability or responsibility for any such damage, delay, loss of whatsoever nature, and penalties the Carrier may incur due to the carriage of such cargo