COVID-19, has changed the way this world works and is expected to continue to influence the movement of global economies, human resources, the medical field and supply chain for the foreseeable future..
As at the time of writing of this article, the global number of infected people was around 2.38+ million with 164,000+ dead which is around 6.88% of the total infected..
Several ports around the world were/are either closed or working under limited conditions with several restrictions imposed on normal port activities.. Global trade has been severely impacted and is undergoing strain as never before..
Our industry plays a highly highly pivotal role in ensuring that the flow of goods continues, especially the flow of critical and essential goods all around the world..
Its good to see that some of the shipping lines have come up with some creative cost saving options for COVID-19..
Planning your shipments is very important in shipping..!!!!!!!! Uh, Duh..!!!
As obvious as it sounds, there are several cases where this may not happen due to a variety of factors ranging from lack of planning to incorrect processes followed to tight deadlines to simply circumstances..
People do not realise the number of type of issues that could happen in a shipment and that there are several possible causes for delays however insignificant the reason maybe..
Here is a great live example which happened last week..
Cargo is moving from A to C under a through bill of lading.. B is the transhipment port.. There are some customs inspections at transhipment point B for which the shipping line is asking the client to pay..
Client says that the shipping line should be liable..
Can the shipping line be held liable..?? Contribute your thoughts..