Difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain

To the uninitiated (which included me at one stage), these industries are same or similar and it might come across that there is no difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain ..

But once you are involved in the business or know about these businesses, you will very soon understand that these are very different industries with different workings, assets, architecture, requiring very different sets of qualifications, experience, expertise, knowledge and attitudes..

In this article I unpack the difference between Maritime, Shipping, Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain and how it is all connected..

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Logistics – what is that..??

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There I was, at a Careers Evening at a prestigious High School in Johannesburg representing a prestigious institution that offers an internationally recognised education programme covering Shipping, Logistics, Transport Economics among others..

Along comes Polly* (*not her real name) a bright eyed and bushy tailed aspiring Matriculant..

I go “Hello there, can I interest you in a Shipping & Logistics course”.. She goes “Logistics, what’s that ?”..

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Importance of proper Freight notation in bill of lading

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There are several notations/clauses that are used in a bill of lading and one such important notation relates to “Freight”..

Freight maybe defined as the price that is charged by a transport operator to transport cargo from Point A to Point B as per a mutually agreed contract..

This article examines why this notation is important..

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Cover yourself while quoting

"Please send me your quote for………….." is a popular message that most of us in the shipping have received at one time or another.. Outside of the industry, if someone asks us the price for an item say – a clock – we would say Zar.100/-.. While it should be as easy as that when quoting prices for shipping, its … Read more here..