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How to know a shipping container is in good condition

New and used shipping containers today are big business, and pricing competition is fierce! Here’s how to know if a shipping container is in a condition that will meet your requirements.

New and used shipping containers are finding their way into today’s popular culture and are becoming widely accepted as home and office building materials.

No longer are they viewed as a poor man’s shelter from the pages of Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” or only for use as an emergency shelter, but instead, they are climbing the pages of haute couture architecture magazines and home builder service offerings.

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Who should bear responsibility for loss of original bill of lading

Question from a reader..

Greetings Hariesh. I was just wondering, in a case whereby a plane say crashes or disappears, and having some OBLs being couriered, who would be responsible for doing the Letter of Indemnity to facilitate release of cargo?

Question from Lloyd BaMumu Taadira

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Shipping jargon of the week

If you Google the word “Jargon” you will see it described as “special words or expressions used by a profession or group that are difficult for others to understand.”

The Shipping and Freight industry also has its own jargon, oh yes, a lot of it usually flummoxes many people in the industry..

Starting this week (Week 9 of 2015), I will be explaining the various jargon that is used in day to day shipping work..

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Part Bill of Lading to the rescue..

When answering my last post Question regarding cargo under Letter of Credit, I mentioned that part bills could be a solution for two shipments in a same container where part of the cargo is covered by L/C and the other part is not..

However, there are several criteria/requirement in order for the carrier to be able to issue Part Bills of Lading and for the customer to accept Part Bills of Lading for this particular scenario..

We will examine these criteria/requirements in this post..

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UPDATE to – Question regarding cargo under Letter of Credit

In my last post, I posed a question on behalf of a reader about the possibility of two cargoes being shipped under one bill of lading where one cargo is covered under Letter of Credit and other cargo is not..

Should the carrier issue two bills of lading..?? Or is mentioning in the same B/L the goods under L/C and goods that aren’t is enough..??

This post is an update where I have discussed the answer to the above question..

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Question regarding cargo under Letter of Credit

What happens if the exporter would like to send in the same container goods covered by L/C in addition to some other goods.

Should the carrier issue two bills of lading..?? Or is mentioning in the same B/L the goods under L/C and goods that aren’t is enough..??

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Received for Shipment – questions

In this article, I talk about 3 questions received from a reader relating to Received for Shipment notation on a bill of lading..

1) Will a bank accept a bill of lading with a Received for Shipment notation or does a bill of lading have to be reissued with a Shipped on Board notation..
2) Is it normal that a received for shipment B/L shows the vessel name and voyage?
3) Is there any problem if the vessel name on which cargo is loaded is not the one appearing on the Received for shipment B/L?

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