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The Container Department

It has been called many names – Equipment Control, Container Control, Logistics, Container Department – whatever you call it, it is one of the most dynamic departments’ within a shipping line’s (and by extension the ships agency’s) business and this department is close to my heart as this was my first real job in a liner shipping environment..

What does this department do..??
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Comparison of container ship stowage plan

The other day I was going through some of my old files and I came across the bay plan of a container ship that I used to plan for in 1996..

This brought back a lot of good memories, but then it hit me “boom”, how much things have changed with regards to modern container ships such as the Triple E and the structure of the ships and the stowage itself..
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Letter of Credit and Trade Finance timelines

A reader asked me a question about letter of credit and trade finance timelines..

With a letter of credit. What sort of timings are usually connected to when the payment between banks occurs? Does the shipment sail prior to the LC being satisfied?

This is actually is a very good question – and the answer usually is: “it depends..” Kim Sindberg provides below comprehensive response on what it actually depends on and the relevant rules applicable..
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Shipping and Freight courses

One of the reasons that I started this blog was to assist newcomers to the industry learn and know more about the industry and also for people already in the industry to share their inputs, knowledge and engage in discussions..

Many people from around the world have sent me requests through email and through the question form in the side bar of the blog, and more often than not, I receive below question..
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7 ways to prevent cargo theft

Shipping and freight does not just involve ships and containers.. Local logistics and transportation are also considered to be part of the industry.. Where there is transport, there is always theft.. Theft of cargo, theft of fuel, theft of spare parts, theft of vehicle etc etc etc.. From this list, cargo theft is a serious…

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10 best countries to export from

The business of trading, exporting, importing, moving cargo across borders, closing all-important deals and dealing with customers around the world is becoming the norm as globalisation is making the world smaller and smaller..

This also means that understanding local markets, realising the potential of growing markets and quickly operating in these hidden gems is of vital importance to open up doors and opportunities which give your business the edge over your competitors..

For this you need the right information about the country, its products and any peculiarities of that market..
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9 precautions to take against loss due to abandoned cargo

Abandoned cargo could be quite stressful for shipping lines, shippers, port authorities and forwarders alike and many shipping lines, forwarders and shipping agents consider it a big headache to deal with unclaimed and abandoned cargo..

A cargo maybe considered as abandoned when the consignee does not take delivery of the cargo covered in the bill of lading even after repeated reminders and notifications..
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