Shipper vs Agent - Case Study

Shipper vs Agent – A case study


Article discussing a dispute between a shipper and his agent relating to the shipment of the goods, ETA and freight..

This maybe an eye opener for several other people who maybe in this predicament or situation and need to know these intimate details of shipping..

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Help, carrier refuses to show details that I want on the bill of lading


Carrier refuses to show details relating to commercial and sales information of the cargo on the bill of lading.. Are they being pedantic or are they right..??

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Issues due to lack of understanding of transport requirements


On this blog and many others, the issues surrounding VGM (I can hear people say “yawn”) and its relationship or requirement for safety has been discussed at length.. Even though it has been repeated several times, it is no yawning matter and it seems that there is still a lack of basic understanding of the…

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How to safeguard cargo release using the right bill of lading


An article on how to safeguard cargo release using the right bill of lading.. This article is based on a case study information received from one of the readers..

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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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How to mitigate risks against negligent behavior by a freight forwarder


Here is an actual case study from a reader regarding their import shipment from China to South Africa seeking advise on how to mitigate risks against negligent behavior by a freight forwarder..

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Cargo theft – a reader’s experience and dilemma


Received below message from Richard about cargo theft and his real life experience.. If anyone has had similar experience, please share on the options that Richard has..

All comments, suggestions are welcome to help out Richard..
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Update to House Bill of Lading is Dangerous


This is an update to my original article “House Bill of Lading is Dangerous” where we had some discussions surrounding the safety aspect or lack thereof, of using a House Bill of Lading for your shipments.. In the article, I asked for your opinion on the subject and asked for you to vote on your…

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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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