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Number of original bills of lading

In response to one of my previous articles Is there a limitation on the number of Original bills to be issued..?? , one of the readers commented as below : ” Hi There has been no problem with this , i have been shipping with 5 Orginal Bills for the past 3 years and no problems […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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2011 – The year that was, for this shipping and freight blog

Greetings everyone.. Trust you had a grand entry into 2012.. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for my blog covering what went on in the background of this blog , and below is what they had to say.. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2011.. If it were an […]

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Why you should be careful and vigilant about what a container contains..

A good example of what a container contains and why you should pay very close attention to what is declared by the shipper and why we should all be vigilant will be CLEAR after you read this post (http://mpoverello.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/why-is-this-cargo-container-emitting-so-much-radiation/) which appeared in Mike Poverello’s Customs Blog.. Seemingly simple but scary stuff..

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What is Short Ship and Short Land..??

What is Short Ship and Short Land..?? – was one of the questions asked by a reader of this blog.. A simple and basic question.. Short Ship – refers to a container that reaches the container terminal within the stack period for a certain ship, but is left behind by the operator of the vessel […]

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How to handle IMCO Class 1 cargo..

In my previous article Hazardous Cargo, we had a brief look into Class 1 cargoes.. Below is a guest post by Bentley Cook about how to handle IMCO Class 1 cargo and dispel the taboo surrounding this cargo.. Who is Bentley Cook..?? Bentley Cook is a veteran of 37 years in the shipping industry having […]

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