Industry bodies call for digitalisation to be accelerated in maritime sector

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There is an urgent need for inter-governmental organisations, governments and industry stakeholders concerned with maritime trade and logistics to come together and accelerate the pace of digitalisation“..

This is the message from several industry bodies representing a range of shipping, port, cargo handling and ship operating organisations..

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Difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain

To the uninitiated (which included me at one stage), these industries are same or similar and it might come across that there is no difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain ..

But once you are involved in the business or know about these businesses, you will very soon understand that these are very different industries with different workings, assets, architecture, requiring very different sets of qualifications, experience, expertise, knowledge and attitudes..

In this article I unpack the difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain and how it is all connected..

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Assess your shipping and freight knowledge – Take this Quiz

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So, you think you know about Shipping and Freight, huh..!! Well, who better to assess your shipping and freight knowledge than YOURSELF..!! Take this Shipping and Freight Quiz and find out for yourself..

This quiz has 20 questions relating to day to day shipping and freight matters and takes only 10 minutes to complete..

These quizzes are designed to help you :

  • identify gaps in your shipping and freight knowledge
  • expand, enhance or improve your knowledge about all things maritime, shipping, freight, logistics and supply chain
  • promote the improvement of your shipping and freight knowledge in a fun way
  • think about a particular situation from different angles or simply ‘to think out of the box’

So go ahead and take this quiz and see how you fare.. Good luck.. 🙂

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Importance of sustainable packaging and shipping

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Global trade keeps us connected with customers, consumers and industries around the world.. There are several modes of transport used in global trade – sea, air, land and rail..

Whichever mode of transport you use, even the most meticulously planned shipment can go awry either due to natural disasters or man-made errors..

Cargo damage is one such disaster that not only gives rise to product and financial losses, but could also affect the relationship between customers and their service providers..

Physical and wet damage could be caused due to lack of proper packaging to protect the cargo on its long voyage..

With current modern developments in sustainable packaging and shipping solutions, businesses have no excuse not to take the movement into consideration.

Making an effort to reduce your environmental impact will not only pay off in cost but will impress your consumers in our now rightly eco-centric society.

Technology has led to the creation of numerous types of sustainable packaging materials, to allow businesses from any industry to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Here are some of the pressing reasons to incorporate sustainable packaging and shipping into your supply chain.

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Brexit and its implications on the shipping industry

Brexit and its implications on the Shipping industry

On June 23rd 2016, a 51.9% majority of British voters elected for their country to leave the European Union. This referendum started the nation along a two-year journey to part with the political and economic union encompassing the European continent.

As we draw nearer to the now-extended October 31st 2019 deadline, and with newly elected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise for “no deal Brexit”, it is more important than ever to take the time to fully understand the impact that Brexit could have on businesses.

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Executive Insights: Portrix Logistic Software’s Global Head of Marketing, Christian Sørensen, on rate volatility, small shippers, and more…

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Shippers are becoming increasingly active stakeholders in the logistics business, forcing carriers and forwarders to adapt. Portrix Logistic Software’s Global Head of Marketing, Christian Sørensenon, talks to Shipping and Freight Resource about the changing shipping landscape and provides tips for shippers and logistics companies to stay ahead of the curve.

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How to seal a shipping container and how many seals should a container have..

how to seal a shipping container and how many seals should a container have

A container seal is an integral part of a shipping container.. It is compulsory for every shipping container to have at least one seal before a shipping line allows the container to be shipped..

Container seals may come in many shapes and forms from embossed lead wire seals to plastic and metal strip seals to plastic and metal bullet seals to padlocks, all of which have been used by customers to safeguard the precious cargo that is shipped in containers..

Depending on the shipping line or the exporter and the level of safeguard required, containers may be sealed with any of the above combination of seals..

It is imperative that a seal be present on the shipping container and that it is put in the right place..

But what would be the right place and how many seals can I put on a shipping container..?? Learn all about it here..

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Causes of Demurrage and Detention

causes of demurrage and detention

In one my previous articles (which is also the MOST READ article on this site) I explained the Difference between Demurrage and Detention..

After reading this, a few of my readers have asked me to explain the causes of demurrage and detention..

There are several reasons a container(s) can incur demurrage and/or detention or combined demurrage and detention.. Here are some of the major reasons..

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Logistics – what is that..??

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There I was, at a Careers Evening at a prestigious High School in Johannesburg representing a prestigious institution that offers an internationally recognised education programme covering Shipping, Logistics, Transport Economics among others..

Along comes Polly* (*not her real name) a bright eyed and bushy tailed aspiring Matriculant..

I go “Hello there, can I interest you in a Shipping & Logistics course”.. She goes “Logistics, what’s that ?”..

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