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To Tare or not to Tare – Should the VGM match the Bill of Lading Weight..??


A burning question that is circulating currently in the container industry is whether the Tare Weight of a container should be included in the weight shown in the Bill of Lading or not and whether the SOLAS VGM should match the Bill of Lading weight..

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Help needed regarding issuance of House Bill of Lading and Master Bill of Lading


I received a question from one of the readers (Abhisesh) seeking help regarding issuance of House Bill of Lading and Master Bill of lading for his shipment..

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What does Shippers load, stow and count mean..??


Shippers load, stow and count or Shippers load and count or SLAC is a term that you would have seen in the description of the bill of lading for all shipments.. What does it mean to the line and to the shipper..??

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Is there a future for electronic bill of lading..??


The Bill of Lading, is one of the most important documents in global trade and has been around for many years..

The paper form of the bill of lading is still the leading form and is mostly used when a Bill of Lading is issued as a Negotiable instrument (Ocean Bill of Lading)..

Is there space in the shipping world however, for an Electronic Bill of Lading..??

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Shipped on Board Date stamp – should it be signed..??


A shipped on board date is an important date on a bill of lading, especially where a Letter of Credit is involved..

Should the Shipped on Board stamp be signed and the implications whether it is signed or not..

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When does a Bill of Lading become a Contract of Carriage..??


When does a Bill of Lading become a Contract of Carriage..??

Do you know the answer to this high octane question relating to carriage of goods by sea..??

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A collection of Bills of Lading


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Here’s something VERY INTERESTING for maritime historians, nostalgic seafarers, shipping documentation people and generally everyone interested in our wonderful industry..

Mr. Ahmet Aytoğan from Turkey is an avid collector of BILLS OF LADING.. Yes.. You heard right.. Bills of Lading (not sure if this hobby has a name yet like Philatelist etc……)

He has been collecting bill of ladings for twenty three years now…………………………

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Role and responsibility of multiple notify parties


If multiple notify parties are used on the bill of lading for a shipment, do they have a different role and responsibility..?? Are they similar or different..?? And what is the reason for multiple notify parties..??

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Is there a link between demurrage and Incoterms..??


Is there a link between the demurrage charged by the shipping line and Incoterms®..??

This question was prompted by the below question from one of the readers.. Thank you Rizwan..

We have received huge shipment from our suppliers on CFR basis

In the Bill of lading the Consignee is To The order of Seller and our company name is in Notify party.

The seller has sent us the original Bill of lading 20 days after the vessel has arrived at destination port.

Hence there is a delay in clearing the goods. Can the shipping line claim demurrage charges from us or they should put claim on seller /shipper since the shipping line contract is with the seller and not us

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