Author Archives: Hariesh Manaadiar

TOC Comes to Africa

TOC comes to Africa in December 2017

TOC (originally an abbreviation for Terminal Operations Conference) has long been considered best in class by container terminal operators and their suppliers..

Over time, TOC has evolved and continues to deliver the highest quality technical content in line with their heritage..

For the first time, the TOC Conference will be held in Durban in South Africa on the 5th and 6th of December 2017 as TOC Africa..

This inaugural conference in Africa which is really an event for the whole of Africa will be held under the heading “Improving Trade Flow Across Africa” – Enabling Africa’s ports and port cities to drive the Continent’s growth and development agenda..

Tech TOC is one of the tracks in this TOC Africa Conference and I am pleased to inform you that I will be speaking at this conference about “SKILLS & TALENT DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICAN PORTS”..

Do visit this conference and show your support.. If you quote my name and contact Suzanne.tiago@toc-events.com you will receive a 25% discount off of delegate passes for TOC Africa..

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Can I telex release a negotiable bill of lading..??

Can I telex release a negotiable bill of lading..??

Maybe because it is one of the most important documents in global trade, there seems to always be a degree of uncertainty around a bill of lading, which type to issue, how many to issue etc..

This question is part of this uncertainty and many people have doubts on what is a Telex Release, how it works and under what circumstances a Telex Release maybe issued..

In relation to what is Telex Release and how it works, you can read my article dedicated to Telex Release..

In this particular post, I will cover the circumstances under which a Telex Release maybe issued and whether a telex release can be done for a negotiable bill of lading..

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The Essential Guide to Cargo Damage

The Essential Guide to Cargo Damage

Cargo Damage is a very regular occurrence in shipping.. This guide explains the types of cargo damage and how to prevent it and also how to handle a cargo damage situation..

If your niche is in

• Handling containerised cargo as an exporter, importer, carrier or agent
• Packing of containerised cargo
• Transportation of containerised cargo
• Loss control
• Any kind of handling of containerised cargo

then this guide is for you..

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Risks and Liabilities of a Freight Forwarder

Freight forwarders are an integral part of the supply chain and global maritime trade..

A freight forwarder serves as a conduit for global trade between importers, exporters, BCOs (Beneficial Cargo Owners) and the transportation and regulatory entities such as shipping lines, customs, port etc..

The moment a freight forwarder signs/accepts a contract (although discouraged, remember that a contract may also be verbal) with the customer, they are exposed to several unique risks and liabilities..

This article discusses the risks and liabilities of a freight forwarder..

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Are demurrage and detention charges justified..??

Are demurrage and detention charges justified..??

No this is not my question..!!

This is a question that has arisen on the back of rising demurrage and detention charges incurred due to port and terminal congestion at key USA gateways such as Los-Angeles/Long Beach on the West Coast and New York-New Jersey on the East Coast..

Are demurrage and detention charges paid by the shippers to the ports, terminal and shipping lines justified especially in light of the port congestion..??

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sourcing from china

Should we still source from China..??

Since the time of opening up for global trade circa 1980 to becoming an economic superpower in the 2000s and till now, China has come a long way in terms of global trade..

China’s growth in the last 30 odd years has however been marred by allegations of Chinese exporters or traders being fraudsters and scam artists creating a notoriety for them among global traders..

Even on this blog, there have been a few real-life examples and case studies from readers not happy about the way some Chinese companies/people have conducted business with them..

So has this situation changed or gotten any better..?? Should we still source from China..??

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Can anyone issue a House Bill of Lading..??

Say what..!!!!!!!! Yes my thought exactly when I got this question from a reader.. But then I said to myself this is a very valid and interesting question..

What is a House Bill of Lading and can anyone issue a House Bill of Lading..?? This article examines this vital question..

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