When you think of the word “disposition” you probably think of a person’s temperament, character or mental attitude. In freight shipping this term means something entirely different. It occurs when a freight delivery is refused by the consignee and returned to the shipping terminal. At that point you will be contacted by the carrier who will be asking for disposition. They may pose the question, “What do you want us to do with this shipment?”
What causes freight disposition?
There are many reasons that freight may be refused:
What you should do about disposition
When you receive a request from your carrier or broker for shipment disposition, you should act immediately. Delaying your response may cause the carrier to put your shipment into storage, resulting in additional charges. Work with your carrier and consignee to determine the best course of action and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.