7. Duties and liabilities at common law of common carriers of goods.

A common carrier1 of goods exercises a public employment, and in the absence of lawful ground for refusal2, he is bound to accept goods which are offered to him for carriage according to his profession3. If, therefore, a common carrier wrongfully refuses to carry goods offered to him, he is liable to the owner of the goods for damage suffered in consequence of the refusal4.

When goods are offered to him, a common carrier is entitled to demand and to be paid the full price of carriage5 but if a common carrier demands an unreasonable charge or seeks to impose