Limited Access, Non-Commercial & Construction Site DeliveriesWritten by Neal Willis
Oftentimes, “limited access” or “non-commercial” fees are imposed by carriers based on the amount of difficulty involved with delivery. Depending on the amount of additional time and effort required for delivery, the carrier may or may not assess the service charge. For this reason, some people may refer to these fees as “arbitrary charges” because they are not always applied in a uniform way, but rather by the arbitrary application of a person at the local terminal or by the driver making the delivery.
Delivery to military bases or construction sites will almost always be assessed a service charge because these locations require more of the carrier to make a delivery. For example, deliveries to a military base require a driver to stop at a security checkpoint and be inspected prior to entry. This can take as much or more time than the actual delivery and offloading of the shipment itself.
What some shippers fail to understand is that carriers often overlook these charges. A shipper may have been sending orders to a university for years without ever being billed for a limited access delivery. Suddenly, they notice a charge for “limited access” for a shipment to the same university and, because they have never been billed for it before, they question the validity of the charge and assume the carrier is trying to strong-arm them into paying something they don’t rightfully owe. The truth is they could have been billed for it all along and should consider themselves fortunate that the carriers let it slide for all those years.
Construction Site Examples
These locations are sites where construction of a bridge, road, building or other structure is taking place. The entire property upon which there is construction is usually subject to the service charge. Examples of construction site deliveries are not limited to, but can include:
- Oil/Natural Gas Fields
- Construction Sites
Limited Access Locations
While it may have a loading dock and/or equipment for unloading shipments, this type of location usually requires inspection of a driver before access is given. Examples of limited access locations include, but are not limited to:
- Prisons/Jails/Correctional Facilities
- Military Bases or Installations
- Government Buildings (Courthouse)
- Nuclear Facilities/Power Plants
- National Parks/State Parks
These locations can be private or commercial, tend not to be open to the public during normal business hours and they don’t often have a loading dock and/or unloading equipment. Examples of non-commercial locations can include:
- Private Residences
- Country Clubs/Golf Courses
- Mini/Self Storage Units
- Amusement Parks
- Nursing Homes
- Hotels/Lodging Facilities
The terms “non-commercial” and “limited access” sometimes overlap one another and are often interchangeable; however, carriers will only charge one accessorial even though it may qualify for more than one. For example, if you’re charged for a construction site delivery, then you shouldn’t see a limited access or residential delivery fee added.
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