Number of original bills of lading

In response to one of my previous articles Is there a limitation on the number of Original bills to be issued..?? , one of the readers commented as below : ” Hi There has been no problem with this , i have been shipping with 5 Orginal Bills for the past 3 years and no problems . “ To that reader … Read more here..

Some unusual and different container types

In my previous article(s) i gave an insight into Container sizes and dimensions and also covered some Special Containers and the cargoes that is loaded on these containers.. Now i want to show you some unusual (at least for South Africa) and further different types of containers that are in use around the world.. Super-Rack container – Similar in use … Read more here..

Why won’t a shipping line pre-date or back-date my bill of lading..??

Firstly, what is pre-dating or back-dating..?? It is when the shipper requests the shipping line to show the Shipped on Board date on the bill of lading as a date before the actual sailing of the vessel (example : the vessel actually sails on the 2nd of March but shipper wants the line to show the shipped on board date … Read more here..

Should i use Open Top or Flat Rack for over-height cargo

Sounds like a trick question..?? It could be..!! Generally open top and flat rack containers are used for loading cargo that are difficult to load through the doors of a standard gp container are above the dimensions of a standard gp container (out of gauge) Below is the external view of an open top and a flatrack.. (Click on the … Read more here..

Is a shipping line liable for any costs if they don’t send the arrival notification for import cargo..??

Thanks to the readers of this blog who ask some stimulating questions like the title of this post.. This is a very contentious issue between the shipping lines and the importers of the cargo and in my opinion, will continue to remain so.. To understand this further, i would like you to cast your mind (always wanted to say that) … Read more here..

Is there a limitation on the number of Original bills to be issued..??

A reader of this blog had asked a question as below : What is the limitation on 3 OBLs? Why 3….I’ve had customers request 5+ OBLs to be issued. When I said ‘no’….they asked why, and now I’m stumped. Not sure if this ties into the debate of properly endorsing the OBL….but if surrendering an endorsed OBL negates the other … Read more here..

Part bill of lading

As advised in one of my very first articles – Article 2 – The Documents – a Bill of Lading – abbreviated to read B/L is a document that serves as a document of title, evidence of a contract of carriage and an evidence for receipt of goods by the carrier.. This is issued by the shipping line after ascertaining and confirming that … Read more here..

Are Shippers Load Stow and Count and Said to Contain – different..??

Are Shippers Load Stow and Count and Said to Contain – different..?? Both these clauses are used in container shipping : Shippers Load, Stow and Count (SLAC) = The cargo was Loaded – packed into the container by the shipper, Stowed – stacked in a specific order by the shipper, Counted – number of packages counted by the shipper and … Read more here..

Types of Cargo ships – Part 2

This post is a “visual” extension of my previous post on Types of Cargo Ships.. Means here alongwith the text, you can also see the picture of the vessel.. Click on the images to see the larger version.. Container Vessels – is currently the most common mode of transport used for carrying 20′, 40′ and 45′ containers.. More details on size/type and … Read more here..

How to handle IMCO Class 1 cargo..

In my previous article Hazardous Cargo, we had a brief look into Class 1 cargoes.. Below is a guest post by Bentley Cook about how to handle IMCO Class 1 cargo and dispel the taboo surrounding this cargo.. Who is Bentley Cook..?? Bentley Cook is a veteran of 37 years in the shipping industry having worked for the likes of … Read more here..

What is meant by Direct Delivery..??

There are cases where some of containers might need to be directly loaded onto the ship from the truck – meaning it doesn’t get offloaded at the CY (container yard) as is normally done with other containers.. directly discharged onto the truck from the ship – meaning it doesn’t get shuffled to the CY (container yard) as is normally done … Read more here..

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