Cargo Tracking Note – what is it and where is it used in shipping?

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The Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN), also known as Bordereau de Suivi Cargaison (BSC) and other names depending on the country, is an official marine document that contains information relating to the cargo and its movement between ports.

This document is required to be submitted to the shippers’ councils in most countries of Africa. Every cargo exported to these countries, whether it is commercial, personal or charity, must have this ECTN certificate.

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What is a Delivery Order and who issues it..??

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If you are in the shipping and freight industry, you would have no doubt heard about a Delivery Order..

This article explains in detail all about a Delivery Order – what is it, who issues it, who should it be issued to and its importance..

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project44 consolidates position as market leader in supply chain visibility with acquisition of ClearMetal

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project44 has announced that it has acquired San Francisco-based ClearMetal, a market leader in international supply chain visibility and predictive analytics for enterprises.

This acquisition places project44 on the cutting edge of logistics AI, enabling customers to improve agility, and resiliency across their global and multi-modal supply chains.

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Suez Canal Authority softens stand on Ever Given while blame game continues

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It’s been a while since we wrote about the Ever Given, the main character in one of the most complicated stories in shipping history which ironically didn’t involve any damage to the ship or containers on board..

No one knows though about the status of the cargoes on board – especially perishable cargo in reefer containers or cargoes with a shelf life still inside the containers on board or any hazardous cargoes that maybe stewing in the hot African sun..

Just in case you have forgotten what happened, here is a recap and also the current status..

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Is your country ready for Advance Cargo Information..?? Egypt is..

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Global trade volume in 2019 was 11.08 billion tons amounting to around $19 trillion in value.. Seaborne trade accounts for around 90% of global trade..

Currently, various cargoes are transported in 24 million+ containers around the world on over 6,218 container vessels..

As you can imagine this leads to a lot of documentation especially with Customs authorities around the world.. When we speak of Customs authorities around the world, you can also imagine the different rules and regulations each country has for the import and export of cargo to/from their country..

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Difference between Harbour, Port, Terminal, Berth, Quay, Pier, Jetty

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Harbour, Port, Terminal, Berth, Quay, Pier, Jetty – you are not alone if you are confused about these terminologies..

To many of us, these terminologies sounds the same.. It took me also a while to understand the difference when I started out in this industry..

So here’s how it works..

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When can a bank guarantee against a lost bill of lading be cancelled..??

In cases where an original bill of lading is lost, there are several steps that need to be taken to carry on business and secure release without an original.. I previously wrote about What to do when an Original Bill of lading is lost so I am not discussing it again here..

One of the solutions for release without original bill of lading is a Bank Guarantee..

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Ever Given in a nutshell

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Whether for its size and status as one of the largest container ships in the world or because it was famously termed as a “boat that was stuck in a canal”, the Ever Given will remain in people’s minds either as a memorable incident (to those who worked to free it) or as a haunting incident (to the ship owner, ship operator, ship crew and soon maybe the customers)..

Muthu Jagannath of NAU Pte Ltd., provides relevant and pertinent information about the Ever Given, its arrest, the implications of the arrest, insurance and counter claims in this article originally published on their website..

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The shipping container has reached retirement age – Happy 65th, container

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Shipping Container, Freight Container, Container, Box, TEU – many of the synonyms and acronyms by which the common shipping container is referred to as, depending on who is talking..

It has also evolved in shape and size and now comes in various sizes and types such as 20′, 40′, 45′, GP, HQ, OT, FR, RF etc etc etc..

Universally hailed as one of the greatest inventions of the modern world, the container has really and truly made the world a smaller place and in my view, can be termed the one true architect of Globalisation..

Well, that container has now reached retirement age in human terms as it turned 65 on the 26th of April 2021 having started its journey in 1956..

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Do banks verify whether the cargo has actually been loaded on a ship..??

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Shippers who deal with documentary credit know that the clause “Shipped on Board” on the bill of lading carries quite a bit of weight and there is often a lot of discussions, disputes and rejections from the side of the bank if there is any discrepancy in bill of lading in terms of the description of goods, customer details, shipped on board date, stamp or signature..

Since they are being so strict with documentation, one would naturally assume that the banks will verify whether the cargo covered in the bill of lading has actually been loaded on board the ship or not..

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Is a Delivery Order a legal document..??

By definition, “A Delivery Order is a release document issued by the carrier releasing the cargo to the consignee mentioned in the bill of lading” It is issued by the carrier … Read more here..

How to safeguard cargo release using the correct type of bill of lading

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An article on how to safeguard cargo release using the correct type of bill of lading.. This article is based on a case study information received from one of the readers..

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What’s next, for the Ever Given and the shipping and freight industry

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Many journalists and Twitteratis around the world might be having withdrawal symptoms after the Ever Given has been refloated from being stuck diagonally across the Suez Canal.. Although the vessel … Read more here..

Fake newsmakers target Egypt’s first female captain after Ever Given’s grounding in Suez Canal

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After having celebrated 8th March 2021 as International Women’s Day (although every day should be), I found it appropriate that I pay tribute to all the women in the Shipping … Read more here..

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