Deciding the port of call

Hi all, one of the questions that was raised to me by one of the readers of the blog was as below.. I thought i would respond to this as a post.. Q : How SA importers decide which port is most suitable/cost effective, especially with regards to containers. A : In SA, since all ports/terminals are run by Transnet, there … Read more here..

Container Stow position numbering

In response to my previous post https://www.shippingandfreightresource.com/2009/03/31/identifying-a-stow-position/ a VERY INTERESTING question has been raised by a user Sandeep.. His question being : Quote information provided is very good. However could you please tell me why does the on deck tier numbering system start from 80 and only even numbers are used i.e. 82 , 84 and so on Unquote One … Read more here..

Maritime Terms

Very often you hear different maritime/shipping terms being bandied about during the course of many conversations and communications.. Terry Hutson, through his Ports & Ships website one of the respected shipping journalists in South Africa has compiled a list of various maritime and shipping terms from various sources.. You can read about many of the maritime terms and their meanings at … Read more here..

Difference between an exporter and a shipper

There are several terms that one comes across in course of normal trade and business.. This article talks about Shipper and Exporter which may sound same to many people but are actually different..

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Addendum to how a letter of credit works – L/C Extension

This is an addendum to my previous article on how an LC works..

If there is a requirement for an LC to be extended, for whatever reason, the seller has to contact the buyer who opened the LC and they will have to in turn contact the issuing bank with valid reasons for the extension..

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What happens to the original bill of lading after a shipment has been completed..??

This is a question one of the regular readers of the blog posed to me the other day.. As you might have read in my previous post https://www.shippingandfreightresource.com/2008/10/13/article-2-the-documents/ there are many types of bills of lading one would encounter.. While each of the bills have a different ending point, the general ending point would be as explained below.. Generally, when … Read more here..

What is a back to back shipment..??

This was a question from one the readers of the blog.. Its usually known as a back to back bill of lading rather than shipment as the shipment is actually the same but the documentation will be different.. Well, back to back bill of lading is when there is an NVOCC operator involved or when a Freight Forwarder wants to … Read more here..

How can i make Shipping in South Africa blog more useful to you..??

This blog was started in October 2008.. From then it has been great being able to write on various topics/articles that i thought would be useful to the various readers.. I think it is time to get some feedback from the readers/subscribers about the blog with a view to improving the blog and make it more effective.. So here is … Read more here..

What are removal companies..??

Removal Companies , are companies that assist people emigrating or immigrating to/from (example) South Africa with their shipping requirements.. Various removal companies also specialise in corporate relocations.. The services of removal companies include but not limited to :- door to door service packing and crating the cargo storing at a suitable facility negotiate the best rates with the shipping line … Read more here..

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