I had a question from a reader about empty container redelivery (after import unpack) where he says :
We recently imported some containers to an ICD in India. The containers arrived at Nhava Sheva Port, Mumbai and were scheduled to be carried to a dry port (inland container depot) Pune via Rail.
On the B/L, it was mentioned that Place of Final delivery was Pune. Doesn’t this mean that the empty containers can be dropped off at Pune?
On arrival of the containers, the local office of the shipping line in Mumbai issued a D/O which mentioned that the containers will be delivered at Pune by them but the empty containers cannot be left there and the buyer will have to return the empty containers at Nhava Sheva.
This obviously led to us incurring additional charges.
Which one is correct, the B/L or the D/O? Please let me know.
What do you think..??
- Is the client justified in expecting that the line should allow the empties to be left in Pune or
- Should the line take the empties back to Nhava Sheva at their expense or
- Should the client take it back to Nhava Sheva at their expense..??