Clean on board or Shipped on Board – what should a bill of lading show..??

Clean on Board and Shipped on Board are two different clauses in a Bill of Lading and these two have sometimes led to confusion and disagreements within the trade.. Here … Read more..

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 … Read more..

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 … Read more..

Carriage of dangerous goods by sea – documentation requirements

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There have been many many instances of damage to ship, cargo and lives due to the improper declaration and handling of dangerous goods (hazardous cargo).. Through this very important article … Read more..

Multiple shippers in a bill of lading..??

Multiple shippers in a bill of lading..?? This is a question raised by a reader.. I thought i would throw out this question to you my dear readers.. In my … Read more..

Who pays freight charges for a shipment..??

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Charges that are applicable for a shipment can be classified as Ocean related charges and Landside charges.. This article discussed who pays for freight charges between the buyer and seller..

Consequences of incorrect acceptance of hazardous cargo

In this blog, across the many articles that i have written, i have made several references to hazardous cargoes, documentation for hazardous cargoes, safety measure for hazardous cargoes, and consequences … Read more..

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 : ” … Read more..

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 … Read more..

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 … Read more..

What is a Garment On Hanger container..??

Garment On Hanger (GOH) (also known in certain circles as Hangtainer) containers are standard/dry containers that are converted/outfitted to be able to safely and conveniently carry garments on hangers – … Read more..

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 … Read more..

Who is a multi-modal transport operator & how do they differ from freight forwarder ?

It is always nice to get some feedback and inputs from the readers of the blog.. Here is one question that has come up : Who is a multi-modal transport … Read more..

Difference between Cargo dues, Tonnage dues & port dues

What is the difference between Cargo Dues, Tonnage Dues and Port Dues..?? Cargo Dues – abbreviated to read CD – (also known as Wharfage in some countries) is a fee … Read more..

What is Short Ship and Short Land..??

What is Short Ship and Short Land..?? – was one of the questions asked by a reader of this blog.. A simple and basic question.. Short Ship – refers to … Read more..