Will the Port of Loading change if my container is transhipped..??
This question was asked by a reader Ashish based on his scenario below :
We want to export goods from Vietnam to the UK via Singapore (or any other transhipment hub for that matter) as the transhipment hub.
I was wondering, in this case, if we do a transhipment, when the goods go on the second leg of the journey, say Singapore to the UK, would the POL be shown?
Do we need to mention anything on the BL to show that the goods are actually made in Singapore?
Back in 2011 I wrote an article on What is Transhipment.. To refresh everyone’s memory,
Transhipment = the act of off-loading a container from one ship and loading it onto another ship..
The reason for transhipment is that in any service operated by any line there are practical restrictions in terms of coverage of ports.. There is no shipping line that can cover all ports around the world on a single service and therefore the services are segregated into trade lanes..
Using above example – when the carrier accepts the cargo at Ho Chi Minh port in Vietnam, they will issue a bill of lading stating Port of Loading = Ho Chi Minh and Port of Discharge = London Gateway..
The bill of lading may or may not state the port of transhipment.. (A word of caution here – if the bill of lading shows the port of transhipment and the Letter of Credit or terms of shipment prohibit transhipment, this might cause problems)
In above example, if we consider Singapore to be the port of transhipment, the container covered under this bill of lading will be off-loaded at Singapore by the shipping line from the vessel that loaded the container from Vietnam and it will then be loaded onto another ship bound for London Gateway for final discharge there..
The bill of lading that is issued will not be changed in any way in terms of vessel name, voyage, port of loading, port of discharge, container number etc etc.. All information will remain same as was submitted at the time of loading..
So to answer your question, no there will not be any change in POL/POD on the bill of lading..
In most cases, most of the clients do not even know where the container was transhipped.. As per the terms of the port to port bill of lading issued, the carrier has undertaken the responsibility to move your cargo from Vietnam to UK and they will do it as per their routing..
The transhipment port could differ based on the number of services that the carrier offers.. Singapore, Hong Kong, Port Kelang, Tanjung Pelepas, Kaohsiung are some of the most common transhipment hubs in South East Asia..
You may also wish to read other related articles from this blog :
- Different loading and discharging vessel
- Does Customs check containers at transhipment port
- Parts of a Bill of Lading
If any of the readers have any interesting incidents, episodes, lessons learnt relating to transhipment issues, please do share..
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