Oregon Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Transportation Division

Rule Rule 740-050-0820
Collection of Transportation Charges — Extension of Credit


The provisions of this rule shall apply to carriers for hire in the transportation of household goods and other for-hire carriers of property that elected to be subject to this rule by filing a written election to that effect with the Department.


Except as provided in this rule and OAR 740-060-0040 (Estimates of Charges)(3), no for-hire carrier shall deliver or relinquish possession of any freight until all lawful transportation charges thereon have been paid.


This rule does not prevent extension of credit for such transportation charges provided:


An arrangement has been made providing for payment within 7 days (excluding Sundays and legal holidays) following delivery;


Such 7-day period shall commence at 12 a.m. of the day following delivery whenever the freight bill is presented at or before delivery of the freight;


Such 7-day period shall commence at 12 a.m. of the day following presentation of the freight bill if presented after delivery of freight; and


The freight bill must in any case be presented within 7 days after delivery of the freight.


A motor carrier may extend credit in excess of the time period provided in section (3) of this rule to the United States, the State of Oregon, any county, city, town or municipality in this state or any department of any of them.


All charges incident to transportation must be paid in lawful money of the United States. This rule shall not be construed to prohibit the payment by valid checks, drafts, credit cards or money orders which are convertible into cash on demand in the ordinary course of business.


Under no condition may payment and any charges incident to transportation of household goods be made by credit memorandum, personal service, merchandise or the exchange of goods or services. The offsetting or balancing of amounts receivable against accounts payable by means of accounting entries is prohibited.

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