Definitions of Service


Bracing & Blocking

When required, Morton Warehousing (MW) will brace and block freight on rail car, container and trailer as necessary to prevent load shifting.write my paper

Bill of Lading Preparation

MW will prepare outbound Bill of Lading, notify carrier for pick up and send customer via EDI a copy of the B/L.

Carrier Transportation Charges

MW does not accept any inbound collect freight charges or outbound prepaid freight charges for rail carriers, truck lines or barge service companies.


When MW receives notice of a damage or shortage claim the Office Manager will investigate the transaction and once the investigation is completed will forward the information to our insurance underwriter for disposition. A competed MW Claim Form must be completed.

Cleaning & Sweeping Equipment

MW will inspect all equipment prior to loading and if necessary will clean and/or sweep out trailers, rail cars and containers before loading. MW reserves to right not to load equipment that is not roadworthy which may result in damage to the cargo. Charges will apply see Accessorial Rates.

Commodities Not Handled

MW warehouse legal liability insurance policy excludes the following items: air craft/water craft, art, contraband, furs, jewelry, stones, metals, live animals, money and securities. Certain hazardous materials are excluded and will be determined by hazard class and storage requirements.

Cross-Docking (pool distribution)

In its purest form cross-docking is the action of unloading materials from an incoming trailer or rail car and immediately loading these materials in outbound trailers or rail cars, thus eliminating the need for warehousing (storage). MW cross dock free time allowance is 72 hours. After the free-time is exhausted goods will be moved into the warehouse and a Warehouse Receipt will be issued and storage charges will apply. MW offers an expanded Cross Dock Service for customers that require additional sorting or handling and re-loading of goods without being placed in the warehouse. Pricing is dependent upon the level of service required.

Detention with and without Power

MW requires 24-hour advance EDI notice for all outbound or inbound shipments prior to arrival. This advance notification allows our schedulers to plan for the efficient unloading of the inbound carrier and avoid detaining carrier drivers unnecessarily. Without a 24-hour advance EDI notification the carrier driver will be loaded/unloaded as the warehouse schedule allows. MW will not be responsible for detention charges without prior 24-hours EDI shipment notification.

Hazardous Materials

Depending on the hazard class insurance restrictions may be prevent MW from accepting some hazardous materials. HM goods will be accepted on a case by case basis.

Hours of Operation (Central Standard Time)

Regular Hours: Mon thru Fri 7:00 am to 3:30 pm CST Irregular Hours: Mon thru Fri prior to or after Regular Hours (1 hour min @ ST hr) Irregular Hours: Sat 7:00 am to 3:30 pm CST (4 hour min @ 1.5 x ST hrs) Irregular Hours: Sun 7:00 am to 3:30 pm CST (4 hour min @ 2.0 x ST hrs) Irregular Hours: Holiday 7:00 am to 3:30 pm CST ($100 + 4 hour min @ 3.0 x ST hrs)

Inventory (physical)

When requested, MW will provide a physical inventory of goods in the warehouse.

Inventory Verification

MW serves as the Agent for our customers. When requested, MW will verify the goods received (inventory) by SKU, PO, etc to Bill of Lading.


MW will create custom labels and re-label received goods at the request of our customers with customer EDI instructions.

Minimum Charges

Minimum charges for inbound and outbound handling will be assessed per shipment. Minimum charges for storage will be assessed for monthly storage service. Charges for services will be either actual charges or minimum charges whichever is greater.

Non-Negotiable Warehouse Receipt

A receipt that acknowledges that MW has received goods and in what condition they were received. MW will issue a Warehouse Receipt for each I/B shipment and transmit via EDI to the customer.


MW will provide pallets for re-couping, re-loading, dunnage, or other requirements.


When requested, MW will provide a photo of customer goods prior to unloading or loading and transmitted via EDI.

Pick and Pack

Case breaking, picking inner cartons or packages then repackaging for shipment. This labor intensive service includes picking multiple SKU’s, packing and affixing labels and packing lists.

Pneumatic Pumping

MW moves bulk materials such as plastic resins between container types using a pressurized air system to allow for contaminate free movement of material.

Recouped Goods

MW will recoup goods if necessary prior to shipping.

Re-stocking of Goods

When MW receives 24-hour advance notification to ship goods from their inventory MW will pull the goods from the customer’s inventory, stage the goods for carrier pick-up and prepare the carrier bill of lading. If the shipment is cancelled by the customer or the carrier does not pick-up the shipment on the scheduled date MW will assess a re-stocking fee.


MW screens plastic resins for irregularities, such as long cuts and powders.

Sealing of Trailer

If instructed by MW’s customer MW will apply a seal to all O/B trailer loads and note the seal number on the O/B Bill of Lading. .

Sort & Segregate

When requested, MW will sort and segregate goods by SKU’s, PO #’s, color, size etc. hourly labor rates will apply.

Stretch Wrapping & Strapping

When requested, MW will apply stretch wrapping and strapping to goods loaded on to pallets.


MW provides lab testing for plastics as outlined under our plastics services tab.

Trailer Scaling

MW will load all trailers, containers and rail cars according to our customer’s loading diagram instructions. If MW is not supplied with a loading diagram we will load the trailer, container or rail car to comply with federal rules with regards to legal weight limits.

Trailer & Tractor Storage

MW has available a fenced area for trailer and tractor storage. Charges are based upon weekly or monthly rates. MW does not insure equipment or goods.


Moving product from one mode of transportation to another, be it rail car, truck, or container, etc.

Warehouse Agreement

An agreement between MW (bailee) and its client (bailor) which establishes performance requirements, liabilities and compensation specified by the Uniform Commercial Code.