Under CIF terms – who is responsible to off-load cargo from the ship – seller or buyer..??

Trudi asked below question about CIF Terms and who is responsible to off-load cargo from the ship – seller or buyer..?? I have a CIF shipment to Dar es Salaam. The port cranes in Dar es Salaam can not handle the tonnage of the item we are sending. Who is responsible to hire and pay a…

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Eugen Maersk fire revives concerns about misdeclared cargo

A valid concern regarding the declaration and stowage of cargo on container ships.. There have been far too many incidents of late relating to ship accidents as can be seen from below infographic provided courtesy of WWF..                     Carrier investigates whether box contents listed as household goods…

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Pallet wide Containers

Ever heard of Pallet wide containers..?? No..?? Well now you have.. The container shipping industry is a dynamic and constantly evolving industry with many different types of containers being developed and customised to suit the various needs of the market/trade, some global, some regional and some local.. Previously I have written an article covering the…

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Why is it important to check the Vessel Sailing Date..??

Why is it important to check the Vessel Sailing Date..??

“In the context of International Freight Forwarding, why is it important to check the Vessel Sailing Date?” is a question asked by Clarisse..

This article answers the reason why it is important to check the vessel sailing date..

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What is distressed cargo..??

Thanks to Pratheesh Karthikeyan a reader of this blog for this question – “What is a distressed cargo“.. Distressed cargo is a term used more in bulk trades and a cargo is termed distressed cargo when :- A buyer defaults on a contract due to a drop in commodity prices.. Say for example, if a buyer entered…

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Questions regarding FMC registered forwarder for shipments to USA

Here are a few questions regarding FMC registered forwarder and documentation, raised by Kashan Faiz Sajjad.. I am a freight forwarder in Pakistan and not FMC registered, I have cargo destined for the US, and I ask my FMC registered agent in the US to issue their HBL. So is this workable? Is there any…

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If the carrier lost my cargo can I hold them liable..??

If the carrier lost my cargo can I hold them liable..?? This is the question from a reader Erik.. His problem is as below.. HUGE issue with a carrier. The carrier lost track of their container with our cargo load, soon after departure. The container was not found within 9 months and declared the cargo ‘lost’…

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Can I amend notify party after a telex release is issued..??

Here’s a question regarding Telex Release and amendment, from a reader Jeetu Kapoor..  What is the procedure to take telex bill of lading, if original already despatch to customer, and to change notify party name in the telex bill of lading. and do we have to pay charges for this telex bill of lading. Jeetu,…

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Importing and Exporting in the absence of Customs Registration

A very useful article from Mike Poverello regarding customs regulations and requirements in South Africa.. As of May 10 2013 an amendment to the South African Customs and Excise Act (91/1964) published in Government Gazette 36433, concerns an increase to the threshold for importation and exportation in the absence of customs registration. General Registration Code 70707070…

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