Don’t be caught out with an unseaworthy container – follow this checklist and avoid cargo damage

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There are several reasons that cargo inside a container could damaged. It could be due to improper packing of cargo inside a container, incorrect container used for the cargo carried, but one of the main reasons for cargo damage inside a container is the condition of the container itself.

  • Wet damage due water ingress (rain, seawater etc) into the container ;
  • Wet damage due to condensation inside the container when an incorrect type of container is used like using a normal container instead of a ventilated container ;
  • Contamination due to adjacency risk or odor transfer ;
  • Infestation damage

are some of the common types of damages reported on cargoes that are packed in containers.

As a general rule, shipping lines reject these claims confirming that the gate out documents of the containers were clean at the time of release to the shipper. Insurance companies use Unseaworthiness and Unfitness Exclusion Clause stated in ICC (A) not to cover similar claims either, unless the insured can prove that he was not aware of the condition of the container at the time of loading.

Obviously, this situation causes a lot of frustration, feelings of injustice, and could result in absorbed losses among shippers globally.

So should the shipper simply accept this rejection of claims and move on?

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10 tips to avoid losses due to abandoned cargo

abandoned container

In any normal year, hundreds of thousands of containers filled with cargo are abandoned all over the world.

While abandoned cargo could be quite stressful and considered to be a big headache for everyone concerned, a freight forwarder may be especially affected by cargo abandonment.

Here are 10 tips to help you avoid losses due to abandoned cargo..

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Can I take ownership of cargo

Can I take ownership of cargo.. The shipping and freight industry sure is an interesting place with very different issues cropping up all the time.. Here’s one more case study that’s happened recently.. Scenario : Shipper ABC books cargo with a shipping line via a Forwarder Cargo is packed and container is shipped Bill of lading shows Shipper ABC as … Read more here..

UPDATE – Shipping lines will accept responsibility for their mistakes – True or False..??

Further to my post regarding incorrect routing of a container and the shipping lines liability, please see below news article from FTW Magazine ( A South African based Freight & Trade Weekly) which gives feedback from some of the experts in the South African shipping and legal industry about this case.. Trust this will help.. Click here to read the article..

Shipping lines will accept responsibility for their mistakes – True or False..??

A trick question..?? Lets discuss this with a case study of a case that is raging on in one of the social media forums.. A forwarder booked 2×20′ containers with a shipping line to Doha on behalf of his client.. Due to a mistake of the shipping line staff, the shipping line shipped 1×20′ to Doha and put the other 1×20′ … Read more here..

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