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Assess your shipping and freight knowledge with this quiz..

So, you think you know about Shipping and Freight, huh..!! Well, who better to assess your shipping and freight knowledge than YOURSELF..!! Take this Shipping and Freight Quiz and find out for yourself..

This shipping and freight quiz is the first in a series of quizzes that I will be posting on this site..

This quiz has 20 questions relating to day to day shipping and freight matters and takes only 10 minutes to complete..

These quizzes are designed to help you :

  • identify gaps in your shipping and freight knowledge
  • expand, enhance or improve your knowledge about all things maritime, shipping, freight, logistics and supply chain
  • promote the improvement of your shipping and freight knowledge in a fun way
  • think about a particular situation from different angles or simply ‘to think out of the box’

So go ahead and take this quiz and see how you fare.. Good luck.. 🙂

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Executive Insights: Brian Laung Aoaeh and Lisa Morales-Hellebo, co-founders of The New York Supply Chain Meetup

Brian Laung Aoaeh and Lisa Morales-Hellebo, co-founders of The New York Supply Chain Meetup LLC, operate under the mantra “the past ran on supply chains. The present runs on supply chains. The future will run on supply chains. The world is a supply chain.”

In their efforts to realize this vision, Brian and Lisa have joined with other supply chain professionals to curate and organize events that seek, find, encourage, and include a wide range of views and ideas on the most significant problems related to global supply chain networks.

Welcome to The New York Supply Chain Meetup..

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How to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment..

Profitability in sea freight shipment is not a myth or a unicorn.. It is very possible.. Read how..

It is not a secret that ocean transportation and logistics is currently confronting immense change in terms of new technology, new markets, rising customer expectations, and new business models..

There have been a few articles on this blog about these advances like Blockchain based Bill of Lading, and other technologies that are shaking up the freight industry .. There are many ways the industry could develop to meet existing and new challenges, some of which are evolutionary and others are more revolutionary..

While cargo transportation is generally a complex business, in some cases it could be straightforward as well depending on how you manage it.. It is also a fact that in this high paced business environment it is not easy to follow every market trend and find answers on how to tackle the prevailing challenges easily..

Each customer and each shipment has its own issues, peculiarities, problems and characteristics.. But the main question that several shippers and services providers ask is “How to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment”..

More often than not, exporters, importers, carriers and logistics service providers experience loss due to poor planning, decision making and implementation..

A lot of people get into the industry sometimes without knowing even the basics relating to the business, the specifics relating to the business, the requirements and some of the vital information that can make or break the business.. I have even written a Beginner’s Guide to Importing for those who wanted to get into the importing business but didn’t know how..

Here are 11 steps you can follow to ensure profitability in sea freight shipment..

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International Trade and Shipping Global Scholarship

Trade Finance Global (TFG), the leading trade information provider and international trade finance brokerage has launched a Global Scholarship to students studying international trade and shipping, in recognition of the global trade skills deficit. The first of its kind, the scholarship provides undergraduate and postgraduate students with $700 USD / £500 grants to assist with graduate studies.

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International Code of Signals and its application in the maritime industry

From the time that languages came into being, till date there is no ONE common language around the world that is understood by all..

Every country, region has its own language which brings along with it communication barriers..

These communication barriers affect maritime industry as well, as there are seafarers of different nationalities involved in the trade.. Different nationalities obviously means different languages and there could be these language barriers when communicating between ships..

Majority of the seafarers come from countries like Philippines, Indonesia, China, Russia, Turkey, India, USA, Japan, Korea, Canada and Malaysia.. Most of these countries are Non-Native English speaking countries so one can imagine the gap in communication between ships..

The International Code of Signals (ICS) was created to overcome these language barriers and allow ships to communicate with each other especially in situations relating to safety of navigation and people..

The International Code of Signals is an international system of signals and codes used by ships to communicate short but important message between themselves..

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Investing in a future Maritime generation through maritime education – Executive Insights from Lawhill

South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Africa (at 52%). Africa also has the youngest population in the world and according to the African Economic Outlook report, this number is growing.

The continent in general, and South Africa in particular, also has a huge youth unemployment issue, a story that is often told alongside that of the continent’s economic growth prospects.

Maritime Industry is a key driver of growth and is of paramount importance to South Africa and the African continent.

One organisation has its focus on growing and developing the next generation of industry leaders for the Maritime Industry, and investing in a future maritime generation through education.

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Discussion Board

Welcome to the Discussion Board of Shipping and Freight Resource.. This discussion board will have forums dedicated to interactive discussions relating to Shipping and Freight.. You can click on the relevant forum below to view the topics and participate in the discussions for everyone to Seek – Learn – Know – Grow.. You can also post your own shipping and … Read more here..

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Shipping and Freight Resource is participating in the South African Blog Awards 2017

Dear readers thanks your votes and support, this blog won the Best Educational Blog in the SA Blog Awards 2016..

I am pleased to announce that this year again my educational blog on shipping and freight, Shipping and Freight Resource is in the running for the South African Blog Awards 2017..

The blog will compete in the category for Best Educational Blog and I seek/need your support to win this again.. 🙂 

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TOC Comes to Africa

TOC comes to Africa in December 2017

TOC (originally an abbreviation for Terminal Operations Conference) has long been considered best in class by container terminal operators and their suppliers..

Over time, TOC has evolved and continues to deliver the highest quality technical content in line with their heritage..

For the first time, the TOC Conference will be held in Durban in South Africa on the 5th and 6th of December 2017 as TOC Africa..

This inaugural conference in Africa which is really an event for the whole of Africa will be held under the heading “Improving Trade Flow Across Africa” – Enabling Africa’s ports and port cities to drive the Continent’s growth and development agenda..

Tech TOC is one of the tracks in this TOC Africa Conference and I am pleased to inform you that I will be speaking at this conference about “SKILLS & TALENT DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICAN PORTS”..

Do visit this conference and show your support.. If you quote my name and contact Suzanne.tiago@toc-events.com you will receive a 25% discount off of delegate passes for TOC Africa..

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Do you want to learn and understand about the complex business of shipping and freight..?? Then you have come to the right place.. Shipping and Freight Resource is a multi-award-winning resource featuring educational articles, news, case studies and executive insights into the shipping and freight industry.. Our content helps millions of readers around the world understand the technicalities involved in … Read more here..

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