(625 ILCS 5/18c-3210)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 18c-3210)
Presentation of freight bills, payment of freight
charges, and extension of credit.
Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, this Section is applicable only
to household goods carriers.
(1) Presentation of freight bills.
Freight bills shall be presented to the person responsible
for payment of freight charges not later than the
7th day following delivery of the freight.
(2) Payment required before delivery or relinquishment of
Except as provided in subsection (3) of this Section, no
common carrier shall deliver or relinquish possession of a
shipment transported by it until all freight charges for such
shipment under lawfully applicable rates have been paid to
the carrier. Where credit has been extended in accordance
with this Section, and all freight charges on the shipment
under lawfully applicable rates have not been paid before
expiration of the period for which credit has been extended,
the carrier shall cease delivering or relinquishing
possession of the shipment and may decline to transport future
shipments until all such charges have been paid.
(3) Exception: Delivery or relinquishment of possession before
A carrier may deliver or relinquish possession of a shipment
transported by it in advance of payment of all freight
charges on the shipment under lawfully applicable rates if the
carrier has, in accordance with this Section, extended credit
to the person responsible for payment of freight charges.
(4) Extension of credit.
Credit, if extended by a carrier, must be extended without
discrimination. Credit for payment of freight charges shown
on the initial freight bill shall be for a period not to
exceed 30 days, beginning on the later of the date
of delivery or the date on which the freight bill is
presented. If freight charges shown on the initial freight bill
are paid and the carrier subsequently presents a supplemental
freight bill, the carrier may extend credit in the amount of
freight charges shown on the supplemental freight bill for an
additional period not to exceed 15 days, beginning
on the date on which the supplemental freight bill is
(5) Commission regulation of credit terms.
The Commission may regulate the extension and terms of credit
extended by carriers under this Section, and no credit shall
be extended except in accordance with such regulations.
(6) Use of U.S. Postal Service for presentation of bills or
payment of charges.
Where the United States Postal Service is used for the
presentation of freight bills or payment of freight charges,
the date of mailing, as indicated by the postmark, shall be
the date of presentation or payment.
(7) Calculation of times for extension of credit.
Time periods of extension of credit under this Section shall
commence at midnight on the date of the event (delivery or
presentation of freight bill). The initial 7 day period shall not include
Sundays, or legal holidays.
(Source: P.A. 89-444, eff. 1-25-96.)