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An individual who is regularly engaged in the business of receiving and storing goods of others in exchange for compensation or profit.
The business of warehousemen can be either public or private in nature because they may store either goods belonging to the general public or those goods of certain individuals. Article 7 of the Uniform Commercial Code sets forth the rights and liabilities of warehousemen.
WAREHOUSEMAN. A warehouseman is a person who receives goods and merchandise
to be stored in his warehouse for hire.
2. He is bound to use ordinary care in preserving such goods and merchandise, and his neglect to do so will render him liable to the owner. Peake, R. 114; 1 Esp. R. 315; Story, Bailm. Sec. 444; Jones' Bailm. 49, 96, 97; 7 Cowen's R. 497; 12 John. Rep. 232; 2 Wend. R. 593; 9 Wend. R. 268; 1 Stew. Rep. 284. The warehouseman's liability commences as soon as the goods arrive, and the crane of the warehouse is applied to raise them into the warehouse. 4 Esp. R. 262.