What to do when there is a short shipment..??
This may leave some people puzzled at times.. Especially some questions like below asked by a reader in response to my post What is Short Ship and Short Land..??..
Question 1 : What would be the process when goods are short shipped or short landed?
Answer 1 : If there has been any short shipping then the obvious choice would be to find the next available ship and ensure that the cargo loads on that vessel so as not to incur additional costs..
In a lot cases of short shipments, the shipper or consignee are highly inconvenienced and some of them could lose their businesses – say for example if the cargo was meant for a show or exhibition or sale etc..
In lot of these cases, the shippers and consignees will reserve the right to hold the shipping lines liable for such short shipments..
Whether they get anywhere with holding the shipping lines liable is a story for another day..
Question 2 : If a BL has 5 containers can there be short shipment for 1 container i.e. not all containers are shipped?
If this is possible then what would happen to the documentation.
Answer 2 : Yes it is possible that 1 out of the total 5 could be short shipped..
Remember short shipment occurs due to various circumstances which are usually beyond the carriers control and is never done intentionally..
In such cases, the shipping line will issue a bill of lading only for the number of containers actually shipped, but in some cases, in order to comply with L/C or for customs purposes, it is allowed to note on the body of the bill that 1 container was short shipped and that container will now be loaded on such and such vessel (as long as carrier is certain that the container will be loaded)..
Question 3 : If the BL is PP then should the short shipped containers go with the same carrier.
Answer 3 : Yes, if it happens as above, the 1 container will have to be shipped on the next available vessel with the same carrier because the container already belongs to the same carrier and normally they don’t allow their container to go on any other line..
Unless of course that particular line doesn’t have a sailing within a reasonable time frame acceptable to the customer.. In such cases, the customer can approach the local origin customs to allow them to take the container out of the port and try to get it unpacked and repacked into another lines container which has an earlier sailing..
However, here there would be cost implications for the customer as the line that short shipped the box generally will not accept costs for such unpack/repack according to the terms of their bill of lading.. However, this will be reviewed by the line based on their commercial policies..
Question 4 : In air cargo part shipment goes on the same MAWB / HAWB combination but by same carrier but different flights, how would this be handled if there is no immediate vessel / voyage for it to be shipped.
Answer 4 : Covered in Question 3 above..
Question 5 : How are the short shipped consignment treated at the destination?
Answer 5 : With regards to documentation, as advised in question 2, the booking will have to be split and the bill of lading issued accordingly..
If the short shipment is known AFTER the bill has been issued and the vessel has sailed (yes this does happen), then the bill of lading will have to be split and the manifest will be amended with a manifest corrector showing the old shipment details and the new shipment details..
Trust this is helpful..
This post was originally posted on Nov 21, 2012 now re-posted with some updates..