What do the markings on a container mean..??

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The ubiquitous freight or shipping container has become an integral part of our lives not just if you are in the industry handling and moving these containers from point to point, but for all the businesses and industries that use the container..

It has been universally hailed as one of the greatest inventions of the modern world, one that completely changed the way in which business has been done since the 20th century and really and truly made the world a smaller place and the one true architect of Globalisation..

Exporters, importers, traders, packing houses, ports, customs, border authorities, police, clearing agents, freight forwarders, stevedores, hauliers, weighbridges ……………………….. and many more entities involved in a trade transaction may be seeing and handling a container on a daily basis..

But although many of these people see a container not everyone understands the many markings on a container..

The markings on a container play a very significant role in the movement of the container as they provide vital information to all entities in the supply chain relating to the monitoring and safety of the container and cargo during its carriage..

Let us look at each of the markings on a container individually using an example below..

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Why is there a difference in transit time between FCL and LCL cargo to the same destination..??

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Why is there a difference in transit time between FCL and LCL cargo to the same destination..??

If it doesn’t make sense, there is a reason why this difference exists.. Read the full article to know why..

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To Tare or not to Tare – Should the VGM match the Bill of Lading Weight..??

A burning question that is circulating currently in the container industry is whether the Tare Weight of a container should be included in the weight shown in the Bill of Lading or not and whether the SOLAS VGM should match the Bill of Lading weight..

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The Container Department

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It has been called many names – Equipment Control, Container Control, Logistics, Container Department – whatever you call it, it is one of the most dynamic departments’ within a shipping line’s (and by extension the ships agency’s) business and this department is close to my heart as this was my first real job in a liner shipping environment..

What does this department do..??

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Outside the Box: The Shipping Container Revolution

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This infographic article provides an insight into the shipping container revolution detailing some of the many impressive buildings which have been created from shipping containers around the world.. It also offers the pros and cons of building with shipping containers as well as some tips from architecture and environmental experts..

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Which weight should be declared in a container bill of lading..??

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Which weight should be declared in a container bill of lading..??

An article that discusses the various weights involved in a container shipment and which weight should be shown in a container bill of lading..

Add your thoughts to this discussion..

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What is a Change of Destination Request and how should it be handled..??

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A Change of Destination request is sent to or received by the carriers for many shipments.. This article dissects such a request and explains the process of how to handle it..

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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..

Case study about incorrect sending of arrival notification

Further to my post regarding arrival notification to clients, one of the readers seems to have landed himself in hot water and is seeking assistance as below.. Any ideas/comments..?? Who is at fault here..?? The shipping line or the consignee..?? can some one help me on this issue… CARGO ARRIVAL was sent by me on 29/03/2012 mentioning that the shipment … 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..

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