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The Essential Guide to Cargo Damage

The Guide gives you an in-depth explanation of the types of cargo damage and how to prevent cargo damage..

Global trade involves the movement of cargo in ships from point to point across continents and vast oceans..

Seaborne trade accounts for almost 90% of global trade, and with such a volume, it is inevitable that cargo damage may occur from time to time..

There are several people in the business of trading, who do not know or understand the types of cargo damage, how it happens, why it happens, how to prevent cargo damage, and what needs to be done when faced with a cargo damage claim..

SEEK . LEARN . KNOW . GROW is the motto of this resource and in line with this motto, I have written The Essential Guide to Cargo Damage to assist those who are interested in understanding and learning about the types of cargo damages, the reason why it happens, the measures to be followed to prevent cargo damage and how it should be handled..

The Essential Guide to Cargo Damage

The Essential Guide to Cargo Damage is recommended for exporters and importers (whether first-time or regular), traders, packing warehouses, shipping lines, transporters, cargo, freight claim handlers, and freight forwarders..

If your niche is in

  • Handling containerised cargo as an exporter, importer, carrier, or agent
  • Packing of containerised cargo
  • Transportation of containerised cargo
  • Loss control
  • etc etc etc

then this guide is for you.. Click on the image above to download the guide..

In order to get a full understanding of the subject, it is recommended that you read this guide all the way through, at least once, and then it may be used as a reference guide as and when needed..

You may have already read my “Beginner’s Guide to Importing“.. There will be a few more guides like this, so stay subscribed.. 

Hariesh Manaadiar
Hariesh Manaadiarhttps://www.shippingandfreightresource.com
I am Hariesh Manaadiar, the Founder of Shipping and Freight Resource.. I have been in the dynamic shipping and freight industry for over three decades and have worked in several sectors.. I share my experiences and knowledge of the industry through this blog for those looking for help in the industry.. Stay subscribed for more free useful content about shipping, freight, maritime, logistics, supply chain and trade..


  1. Hi guys,I’m a first timer
    This is surely my most resourceful and best industry find as a custom broker ever,it will definitely broaden my horizon. So grateful

  2. Yestarday I have received a container (product:: electric rice cooker) shiped from Zhanjiang,China. While taking delivary my C&F agent found the lower level of the cargo is very wet. Actualy water dripping from it. I contacted my exporter at China, what he told me is it may be caused by typhoon after the shipment. Actually before shipment, he sent me pictures of lodaded container . before closing the gate, after cosing the gate and after sealing the gates.

    For your referance, I am doing import business for more than 15 years and I never had his experience.

    My questions are:

    1. Isn’t the dry containers are water tight/proof?

    2. How can I ensure this situation not happen again?

    • Hi Muhammad, seems to be an unfortunate case given the extreme circumstances the container had to pass before getting to you..

      Wet damage could happen due to water ingress into containers due to holes in the container or the door sealing gaskets, not in good working condition or ships hold being flooded..

      If you are wondering how a ship’s hold can get flooded when the ship itself is fine, have a look at this image which shows a flooded cargo hold..

      hold flooding

      Containers if properly maintained can be water tight/proof.. You can see in below image the container floating in the water instead of sinking which indicates there is no water ingress.. This could also happen..

      floating container

      The best way to avoid this in future is to ensure that the supplier checks and confirms that the container used is suitable.. You could even employ your private surveyor for this.. But even with all that, nothing can beat nature in its fury and this may be such a case..


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