This blog will now tweet as well

In keeping with the modern methods of keeping in touch and based on requests from readers this blog is now linked to Twitter (Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read other user messages called tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters.) as well.. You can view all the Tweets (updates via Twitter) on the right … Read more here..


Deciding the port of call

Hi all, one of the questions that was raised to me by one of the readers of the blog was as below.. I thought i would respond to this as a post.. Q : How SA importers decide which port is most suitable/cost effective, especially with regards to containers. A : In SA, since all ports/terminals are run by Transnet, there … Read more here..


Container Stow position numbering

In response to my previous post https://shippingandfreightresource.com/2009/03/31/identifying-a-stow-position/ a VERY INTERESTING question has been raised by a user Sandeep.. His question being : Quote information provided is very good. However could you please tell me why does the on deck tier numbering system start from 80 and only even numbers are used i.e. 82 , 84 and so on Unquote One … Read more here..


Maritime Terms

Very often you hear different maritime/shipping terms being bandied about during the course of many conversations and communications.. Terry Hutson, through his Ports & Ships website one of the respected shipping journalists in South Africa has compiled a list of various maritime and shipping terms from various sources.. You can read about many of the maritime terms and their meanings at … Read more here..


What is MSDS and why is it important..??

Often when you contact a shipping line to book a hazardous cargo, one of the questions they would (or should) ask you is if you have an MSDS for the cargo.. What exactly is the MSDS..??

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Difference between an exporter and a shipper

There are several terms that one comes across in course of normal trade and business.. This article talks about Shipper and Exporter which may sound same to many people but are actually different..

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Addendum to how a letter of credit works – L/C Extension

This is an addendum to my previous article on how an LC works..

If there is a requirement for an LC to be extended, for whatever reason, the seller has to contact the buyer who opened the LC and they will have to in turn contact the issuing bank with valid reasons for the extension..

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What happens to the original bill of lading after a shipment has been completed..??

This is a question one of the regular readers of the blog posed to me the other day.. As you might have read in my previous post https://shippingandfreightresource.com/2008/10/13/article-2-the-documents/ there are many types of bills of lading one would encounter.. While each of the bills have a different ending point, the general ending point would be as explained below.. Generally, when … Read more here..


What is a back to back shipment..??

This was a question from one the readers of the blog.. Its usually known as a back to back bill of lading rather than shipment as the shipment is actually the same but the documentation will be different.. Well, back to back bill of lading is when there is an NVOCC operator involved or when a Freight Forwarder wants to … Read more here..


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