What is the definition of a "shipment"?
Question Details: Is a shipment anything that comes into a building or are there considerations regarding size or method of delivery? Where is the line denoting a "shipment"? Is a letter a shipment, or an amazon delivery, or something out of the back of someone's car, or the contents of a box truck? Is something on a pallet a shipment? What about that same material loose on the ground?
There is no specific overall legal definition. When there is no specific legal definition, the law defaults to the everday defiinition. Miriam-Webster's Dictionary online defines a "shipment" as "the goods shipped." "Goods" in turn is defined as personal property or something with value or economic utility. So a size is not a factor, and nor is delivery method. The issue is: does it have some value or is a form of personal property. A letter would not qualify (no economic value; only "personal property" in the loosest sense), but pretty much anything else, from any source or shipped any way, would qualify.