As you may be aware, I started writing this educational blog about Shipping and Freight in 2008..
So far, I have written 451 articles on this blog covering a variety of topics which you can view per month, per post and per category..
I started this blog as a source of reference and help for the newcomers to the industry but through the years, I found that I could connect and share views with many people already in the industry..
Many of you have commented on a lot of the articles and contributed immensely to the site through your questions and discussions for which I thank you..
But the shipping and freight industry being a vast ocean (pun intended), what I have written so far is only a drop in the same ocean (pun intended again) and there are a lot more topics that I plan to write about..
So while considering some of the articles, I thought why not ask my readers “What would YOU like me to write about next..??“..
So go on, use the comments section below and let me know what topics you would like to read on this blog and I will be happy to write about it.. 🙂
i would like to write about the congenbill as this type of bill of ladding is not easy to be understood especially it relates to both contrats : chartering and transportation.there is a lot of litigation
I Would want you to write on the application of General Average rule/clauses in shipping
I am interested to know what is a recognized shipping business qualification equivalent to Phd/ doctorate level. I came across the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and looked through the past papers which seem to cover what i would like to learn. Llyod’s has a Shipping MBA but i already did a MBA. Can you please provide some guidance on what qualifications are out there?
Hi Stacy, if you are looking for a PhD, there are programmes on offer by the World Maritime University in Malmao.. ICS is an excellent and extremely useful course to take and it gives you a great exposure into the business..
hi..pls express your comments on how a package/unit determined in “max liability” under Hague and Hague Visby rules.
Hi. I would like to know about what happens to cargo when it is being transported from hot area to an area whereby it is cold during the time of travel what happens to the cargo? Thank you in advance
Hi Sinesipho, you may find this helpful.. https://www.shippingandfreightresource.com/the-essential-guide-to-cargo-damage/
Hi Daniel, this took a while, but see my article reg Vintage Shipping – the way it was done.. 🙂 https://www.shippingandfreightresource.com/vintage-shipping-the-way-it-was-done/
I would like you to write next about Steamer Agents, their activities, steamer agent operation in India.
I am an agent (middleman) for making deals between suppliers and buyers.
Recently one of my suppliers shipped one container of fabrics from Korea to one of my clients in Dubai through Hanjin Line.
That ship sailed via Singapore.
Now, that container is stuck in Singapore due to actions by the authorities.
My supplier negotiated the Letter of Credit and received his money.
But, my client has to pay his bank to collect the documents and original B/L.
He cannot refuse his bank because the bank has some lien on his other assets.
He is asking my help. I don’t know how to help him.
I suggested to him to contact Dubai Chamber of Commerce or some authority in the government.
Is there a better way?
I am sure there must be many other similar cases.
So, could you please enlighten your readers?
Shipping banks and maritime finance generally. Thank you!
Sir can you share your knowledge in the marine insurance such as hull and machinery, cargo claims , commercial claims, actual claims
Thank you for all your valueble contribution, If it is possible please write on infested vessel due to asian gypsy mort, if possible i may contribut some info, regards,
SIR can you write a research paper about issues on overloading CARGO SHIP????
Dear Sir please write on article on Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers qualification. How good is it? Is there any demand for this qualification? What are the benefits? Who will be benefited by this qualification? I am a Sales executive in a freight forwarding company. I am in a dilemma whether I should go for ICS qualification or not. Please guide me. Thank you.
Write about SOC and Coc Shipments
I would love to learn more about freight insurance and the belonging documennts and definitions…General Average, Letter of Indemnity and so on. Thanks!
Noted Diana, will include..
Your demurrage and detention articles have been very helpful. I would love to read some about the process of extending free time or requesting that shippers supply more than 14 days free time.
Thanks Parkle, will cover.. 🙂
Please write about East/West and North/South trade and difference between those trade.
thanks for the cbm article. would you write about liquidations and how do they work ?
thanks & best rdgs,
Would you please write about what are the important steps & process which includes in Importing food items like Meat, Food Ingredients, etc and also how importing is related to Saudi Food & Drug Authority (Any authority or organisation of particular country).
Please expand more into types of containers, more especially the Magnum.
would you please write on the topics of how CBMS are calculated and the procedures of booking a shipment such as the requirements and imperative documents that are needed?
Hello Diana, I have a very popular article about How to Calculate CBM and Freight Ton, you can read it here (https://www.shippingandfreightresource.com/how-to-calculate-cbm-and-freight-ton/).. Your other request noted and will consider..
Thanks for the wonderful work being done by you. Your articles and posts are useful sources of reference not only for the newcomer but also for professionals already working in the maritime field. As you are aware the maritime trade has various fields of specialisation, ports, shipping, maritime insurance, forwarding etc., and it’s difficult to understand the nuances in the various segments of the maritime business. I kindly ask if you could discuss and explain the elements of INCOTERMS 2010 and the changes that were made. Thank you and more grease to your elbow.
Please can you educate us on THC.where should it be collected ….and is it justified?
WHAT ARE THE CORE PROCESSES THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN SO AS TO EFFECTIVELY MARKET A SHIPPING LINE. OR HOW BEST CAN A SHIPPING LINE BE MARKETED BY THE SALES PEOPLE.
I would love to see a practice-oriented article on calcualting laytime and demurrage, including a reference to the most disputable points between Owners and Charterers in that regard.
Thank you for all you have written so far.
Can I add something else?
I would really love to read something in regards to freight rates index.
As a customer I deal with different freight forwarders every day and I find very difficul to accept, approve new rates increases without considering some kind of indicator related to freight rates tendency.
I am talking about something like “Baltic Dry index” but for container business. There is an indicator called china containerised freight index but I am ont sure if it is very reliable!? and find it not really easy to read.
Would you know anything else by any chance?
Could you shed some lights on it pls?
thanks again mate
appreciate your support
Please make a flowchart on export process, so that it can help to newcomer as me in industry.
I have been reading your blog for a while and find it very easy to understand things in a professional way. Since i am a new beginner to the industry can you just explain the shipping procedure (from placing booking till consignee receives the cargo) which would help us the entire process and a clear view of shipping. I hope you are the correct person who can guide us.
Thanks for your Support.
Incoterms in detail ( for the buyer , seller and freight forwarder or NVOCC
Hi Hariesh. I’ve only just discovered your blog and I’ve already found it really useful and informative.
Sort of following the chain of logic from your cloud computing article – how about a history piece?
It might be interesting to read about how you’d go about doing any of this some 30 years ago, pre internet, just to see how things have changed.
At least for someone like me, who grew up with this technology being as ubiquitous as air and find it hard to imagine how people even functioned domestically without it.
How did people set up supply chains at a time when banging sticks together in the mud was a valid form of entertainment and nobody knew anyone or anything outside of a five mile radius of where they lived? (I’m being hyperbolic there, tongue firmly in cheek, but you see my point!)
Hi Daniel, what a wonderful idea.. I will surely write it.. Things now are much different when I started 27 years ago in shipping.. 🙂 So that will make for a good conversation.. Thanks..
Dear Mr Hariesh
i would like to thank you for supporting us with your great knowledge articles , i follow your blog since more than year really you are best teacher that i met in my life , many thanks to u again
can i know about sales department in shipping line and freight industry ? A day life of his job
about alliance . we notice now shipping lines go to make alliance , may be to cut cost for its expenses
can freight forwarders do so ?
also operation department in shipping line , A day life of his job
why shipping business down in these days ? all world suffer from that problem and how we can solve it ?
Thank you for your continued support Hassan.. Will surely consider your multiple requests.. 🙂
Sorry, I mean how is freight determined from an exporting country to an importing one.
Hmmm the law of maritime economics.. Noted thanks Sammy.. 🙂
I’ve been reading your blog for several months now and I must say I’m really impressed with your shipping knowledge. I’ve already used some of the information at work. Many thanks for your blog and wiliingness to share with your knowledge!
As per your request regarding new articles, as Santan had written, could you please share with us about alliances? For me the most interesting part is how exactly they work, for example when I import cntr from Shanghai the vessel belongs to Hyundai, the ship owner is some company from Greece, however I can book a place on vessel under OOCL, APL or NYK, and although it is a single vessel each operator has different rates. I’m from Poland btw 🙂
Hello Przemek, your request noted and will feature it in due course.. Thank you for your kind words as well and be sure to share the info about this blog to your peers as well.. The more the merrier..
I have been following your blog for a while and finding it very easy to read and usefull indeed.
Just wondering if you could say something about countries where Origin charges are to be paid by consignee in export shipments under FOB incoterms – as per Country rules imposition.
example of Bangladesh exporting to EU. would love to know a bit more about it.
thanks for your support
Hi Cristiano, good question.. Will surely add to the list..
Dear Mr Hariesh.
I have very recently come across your blog and find it interesting. I would request you to give write up on FREE PERIOD allowed; DEMURRAGE FREE PERIOD and DETENTION FREE PERIOD in case of export as well as import. I am basically from India.
Noted Jagdip.. Will do so..
Hi Harries, i only found your blog recently, wish i’d found it years ago!!! I’d love to see an article about “Certificates of Origin” – while not a specific import/export question, it often comes up in our commodity exports. For example, we have an export to Singapore (green coffee) in which the CO asks “preferential” or “normal” processing. Its the first time we’ve come across this and seems specific question for Singapore CO form. So, if you happen to know answer for specific instance here, that would be great. But also, in general – a post on different kinds of COs would be great 🙂 Thanks so much again for your great blog!
Thanks for the inputs Joshua.. 🙂
I have been following your blog for a long time and it has given me a fund of new knowledge, especially on the shipside. I am a retired Additional General Manager of Mumbai Port, During my stint in the port for more than 33 years I have worked on a variety of ship handling and cargo handling jobs across all types of ships and all categories of cargo. I notice some of your blog fans want to know something about port operations and functions. If you so desire, you may direct them or direct their queries to me.
Thanks and continue with your noble work
T V Sowrirajan
I am a french port officer and i would like to say that your website it’s fantastic to improve my english in typicalle maritime vocabullary.
If it is possible, can you tell about the job of port officer in your country…..
Thank you Mr Manaadiar.
Glad to be of assistance Cazajous..
Would like an article on new methods of transferring payments between seller and buyer
Hi Peter, will check if there are any such new methods.. 🙂
IT WOULD BE OF GREAT FOR ANY ONE ENGAGE MIN IMPORT AND EXPORT BUSINESS TO EXTEND INFORMATIONS ABOUT SUPER CARGO OPERATIONS AND ABOUT THE DIFFRENT DOCUMENTARY REQUIRMENTS OF EACH COUNTRY SAY IF SHIPMENT IS FOOD, OR ELETRONIC MATERIALS AND OTHER GENERAL MERCHANDIZE AND THEIR RESPECTIVE RESTRICTION. LIKE FOR EXAMPLE IN SAUDI ARABIA, SHIPMENT OF FOOD MUST BE COVERRRED BY HALAL CERTIFICATE. I DO HOPE YOU CAN HAVE THE IDEAS OF WHAT I MEAN. THANKS FOR YOUR TIRELESS SUPPORT.
Your suggestion noted Adelfo.. Will surely consider it..
Good day Hariesh,
Thank you for your professional and very clear way of teaching us all and specially coming generations about the fascinating world of interchange of goods between countries.
There are some newcomers who have weak links like Geography and basic knowledge on defining the freight ton.
I would suggest a periodical (maybe weekly) description of ports including contacts, and I would suggest this because sometimes we meet customers requesting services from or to ports we have never move shipments before.
Hello Raul, yes I have also noticed that Geography is a weak link with many people and in some cases leading to real issues such as sending a container to Dhaka instead of Dakar..
Very usefulkl is your blog indeed. Could you please write about the liabilties faced by a freighforwarder when appears as Consignee of a carrier’s master bl.
Thanks in advance.
Noted Jose, will bear in mind, thanks..
Can you tell about tanker scrapping.
Ship scrapping is another important segment in the maritime industry.. Thanks Rashid..
Please give us brief on usage of UCP 600 and FTP.
Noted thanks Sneha..
A detailed article defining the Consignee for complicated multiparty shipments, and shipments in general. This can be very difficult to determine…….
Hi Sherwin, yes indeed..
Great Article as always, I’d like to learn more about triangulation, repositioning of equipment / back loading and what levers drive shipping lines to rationalize services
Great topics, thanks Mark.. Will surely look into it..
Please write about strength’s and impacts of HAPAG LLOYD & UASC Merger.
Many new topics for you to discuss and may I add another one, SOLAS weighbridges.
I read continually about the huge % of containers that are shipped, with misdeclared weights, misdeclared cargo,etc. and with the SOLAS agreement coming into place this should have started sorting all this out.
By my understanding it seems like most shippers are going method 1 ( weighbridges), but nobody is checking to see if these weighbridges comply to the legislation required.So there is possibly a huge portion of export containers going out with no change to their status. Nobody is checking these weighbridges to see if they are legally compliant, if they are being used correctly, or if the operators are trained to use them.
Interesting to see what the situation is.
Very true observation Chris.. As the SOLAS VGM progresses we may find more cases..
Thank you so much for refreshing us with shipping knowledge so widely.
You are most welcome Nurul.. 🙂
Please write about UCP vs shipping/bill of lading.
An interesting request Sridhar, noted.. Thanks.. 🙂
Dear Sir, I would like to know about Shipping alliances. Why they are formed? How they function? etc Thank you.
Great idea Santan, with all the alliances going on now, I think it is important.. Will surely consider..
Dear Hariesh, I am a regular reader of your blogs. I like your style you put forth to express article that looks to b e simple, precise and clear for beginners and helpful for experience folks to stay updated and to follow the latest amendments which were missed by us…!!! Thanks for your consistent support and to make us feel there are lot of talent around us who stood and join hand to help us during in need…
Your articles make me familiar with the subject but drill down remains missing hence I would like you to write on Charters requirement a detailed taxonomy –
Please throw some light on charters requirements, assume if I chart a ship what all things to be prepared in advance with regard to loading and unloading. Does any time limit exist? How charters ships were allowed into Ports, are there any restrictions/limitations? Are there any penalties involved during delays? need to understand these details from start to an end.
Thanks in advance for your help
Thank you for your words of encouragement Faisal, glad to see that it helps you and others.. Articles about bulk shipping are still in the making and your requirements will be part of it when ready.. ?
interpretations of Charter Party terms regarding NOR, Discharge terms, Duties and rights of the owners, shippers & receivers under CP.
Thanks Mohammed, noted and articles about bulk shipping are still in the making and your requirements will be part of it when ready.. 🙂
Discussion on country wise custom rules for Import and Export.
Hello Urmish, thanks for commenting, noted your request.. Hopefully I will be able to achieve this at some stage or guide people in the right direction if such an encyclopedia on customs is available.. 🙂
I’m a Brazilian Loss Aduster and I’ve dealing with cases of soybean exported from Brazil to Asia which arrived at destination presenting chemical odor. If possible, I’d like you to comment about this issue in your blog.
I want to use this opportunity to thank you for the excellent work that you realize. Certainly, besides me, your initiative should help many people around the world.
A big hug and kind regards from Brazil
Hello Hassim, thank you for your kind words.. Yes, such case studies are on my list of topics to write about..
I enjoy all of your articles especially the one where you mentioned CRF Rinkens….using the R-Rak system.
I think it would be nice if you can write on an article on the careers in the logistics fields and the salaries. As it can be a very rewarding job.
Thank you Debbie, great idea, noted and will process in due course..