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Steel Buildings - Delivery of Your Steel Building System

Steel Buildings are usually delivered by a third-party carrier. This transportation is arranged by either the dealer or the supplier as specified in the order documents. If the transportation of the steel building system materials is arranged by the supplier, it will be delivered in the order or sequence that is most convenient to the supplier. If there needs to be a special arrangement, this must be specified on the order documents. If the materials are shipped by a common carrier, the dealer is bound by the rules of the carrier. The dealer may not return the materials to the supplier without the supplier's written authorization.

If the transportation of the steel building system is arranged by the dealer, the delivery is made to the dealer at the plant. The dealer may subcontract the transportation to a common carrier. If the dealer subcontracts the transportation, the carrier is responsible for the receipt of the steel building materials at the plant and the transportation of the materials to the delivery address. The dealer is responsible for receipt of the materials at the delivery address unless the receipt of materials is subcontracted to the erector or contractor.

If the transportation is arranged by the supplier, the steel building materials will be delivered to the address specified on the order documents. The dealer is responsible for receiving the materials. The supplier may subcontract all or part of the transportation to a common carrier.

Specifying a Delivery Date

As the end user, it will be your responsibility to specify a delivery date. Since design and fabrication of a steel building system can take several weeks, you will want to take this time into consideration when planning your project.

Before your steel building system is delivered, you will want to be sure that your land is prepared. Although not all of the land preparations need to be completed before delivery, you will want to be sure that the site is accessible by the delivery trucks. This means you will want to set a delivery date that will give you enough time to complete any necessary preparations. We recommend having all site work completed before taking delivery of the building.

Although most steel building systems are delivered with protective coverings and coated with primer, it is recommended that you do not take delivery of your building more than a week or two prior to erection. This will help to ensure the steel building components are not affected by your local weather conditions.

Most steel building erectors keep tight schedules. During the busy season, an erector may be booked a number of months out. It is a good idea to coordinate the erection of your building with the schedule of the erector. After you know when the erection will begin, then you will be in a position to schedule a delivery date of your steel building system.

Receiving Your Steel Building System

When your steel building system is delivered, the material quantities should be immediately verified against the quantities billed on the shipping document. This verification process is often handled by the dealer. Any shortages of materials should be noted on the shipping documents and acknowledged by the carrier's agent. If a shortage is not noted immediately at delivery, neither the supplier or carrier can be held responsible. If the supplier is the carrier, the claim for shortages would be made to the supplier. If the carrier is a common carrier, the claim for shortages would be made to the carrier. The material should have been verified against the quantities billed on the shipping document at the time of loading the steel building materials.

If there is a shortage of materials and it is not verified at the time of delivery, you will be responsible. This is why it is important to verify the materials against quantities billed on the shipping document immediately after delivery. If you are working with a dealer, it would be a good idea to discuss this with the dealer prior to taking delivery of your steel building system.

Damaged Steel Building Materials

If any of the steel building material is damaged, this should be noted on the shipping documents and acknowledged in writing by the carrier's agent. The steel building supplier cannot be held responsible for materials that are damaged during the unloading process.

If the supplier is the carrier, and claim for damage should be made directly to the supplier. If the carrier is a common carrier, claim for damage should be made to the common carrier. The steel building supplier is not liable for any claim including labor charges or damages resulting from the dealer's use of damaged or defective materials that should have been detected by visual inspection.

Do not take this inspection lightly. We recommend closely inspecting all of the materials at the time of delivery. Any components that are damaged should be visible. You do not want to have to pay for components that were damaged prior to the delivery of your steel building system on site.

If any components are found to be defective and not damaged after leaving the plant, it will be the responsibility of the supplier to repair or replace the defective component. It is recommended that you report any defective components to the steel building supplier immediately.