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Top 10 Things to Keep In Mind When Shipping Overseas

This is a guest post by Celina Jones – who as the owner of a shipping consulting business,  has quite a lot of experience in helping organizations send shipment overseas to several different countries. She sees the emergence of websites like Verschiffung USA as a new trend, with shipping facilities going out of their way to make sure that their target markets … Read more here..

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Beware of fake shipping line websites for tracking your cargo

Yes there are fake shipping line websites based on the method of “phishing” just like fake banking websites.. The International Maritime Bureau is warning users of such sites (although names are not mentioned).. The ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is warning against fraudulent cargo tracking websites.  Such sites have been created and improved over the years to add legitimacy for … Read more here..

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Consequences of incorrect acceptance of hazardous cargo

In this blog, across the many articles that i have written, i have made several references to hazardous cargoes, documentation for hazardous cargoes, safety measure for hazardous cargoes, and consequences of non-declaration of hazardous cargoes etc.. I cannot emphasise this topic enough because it is just so important.. Here is a real life case where a shipping line incorrectly confirms … Read more here..

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Some unusual and different container types

In my previous article(s) i gave an insight into Container sizes and dimensions and also covered some Special Containers and the cargoes that is loaded on these containers.. Now i want to show you some unusual (at least for South Africa) and further different types of containers that are in use around the world.. Super-Rack container – Similar in use … Read more here..

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Why won’t a shipping line pre-date or back-date my bill of lading..??

Firstly, what is pre-dating or back-dating..?? It is when the shipper requests the shipping line to show the Shipped on Board date on the bill of lading as a date before the actual sailing of the vessel (example : the vessel actually sails on the 2nd of March but shipper wants the line to show the shipped on board date … Read more here..

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Should i use Open Top or Flat Rack for over-height cargo

Sounds like a trick question..?? It could be..!! Generally open top and flat rack containers are used for loading cargo that are difficult to load through the doors of a standard gp container are above the dimensions of a standard gp container (out of gauge) Below is the external view of an open top and a flatrack.. (Click on the … Read more here..

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Is a shipping line liable for any costs if they don’t send the arrival notification for import cargo..??

Thanks to the readers of this blog who ask some stimulating questions like the title of this post.. This is a very contentious issue between the shipping lines and the importers of the cargo and in my opinion, will continue to remain so.. To understand this further, i would like you to cast your mind (always wanted to say that) … Read more here..

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Is there a limitation on the number of Original bills to be issued..??

A reader of this blog had asked a question as below : What is the limitation on 3 OBLs? Why 3….I’ve had customers request 5+ OBLs to be issued. When I said ‘no’….they asked why, and now I’m stumped. Not sure if this ties into the debate of properly endorsing the OBL….but if surrendering an endorsed OBL negates the other … Read more here..

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Part bill of lading

As advised in one of my very first articles – Article 2 – The Documents – a Bill of Lading – abbreviated to read B/L is a document that serves as a document of title, evidence of a contract of carriage and an evidence for receipt of goods by the carrier.. This is issued by the shipping line after ascertaining and confirming that … Read more here..

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Port delays and its consequences

Lets assume you are shipping a container from Durban to Nairobi which as per the map is not too far and you would expect it to reach Nairobi in a few days time by ship right..?? Wrong !! Currently it could take your container anything between 48-50 DAYS, yes DAYS to get it from Durban to Nairobi.. 🙁 How you … Read more here..

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