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6 steps to compete in the shipping and freight industry

6 points to help you compete in the shipping and freight industry

Competition is one of the constants in business, something that can spur you on and make you better or something that can bring you down..

Every industry has competition in varying degrees.. Some companies look at their competition and say “Yeah ok, whatever” (think Google/Facebook).. Some companies look at their competition and say “Oh crap, that’s close” – like a lot of companies in the shipping and freight industry..

While competition comes in various forms, there are several cases where you may really struggle to find a way to stand out from your competition..

Let me explain further with some examples relatable to the shipping and freight industry..

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Said To Contain

Said to Contain clause – should it be allowed or not..??

We all have seen the clause SAID TO CONTAIN or STC in a Bill of Lading issued for an FCL shipment.. What does it mean and should the Said To Contain clause be allowed or not..??

Join the discussion in this article on whether the Said To Contain clause should be allowed or not in the bill of lading and if you are a carrier that is not showing the Said To Contain on your bill of lading, how do you protect yourself from possible claims relating to shortage of cargo..

Are the clauses Said To Contain and Shipper’s Load Stow and Count interchangeable..??

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Is the ship register or ship registry liable for containers falling off a ship..??

As you may have read, I recently wrote about “Containers lost at sea, why it happens, what to do when it happens and also about What is a ship register or ship registry..

Recent news reports of 83 containers falling off a ship off the coast of Australia in heavy seas seems to have triggered a question in the minds of some people Is the ship register or ship registry liable for containers falling off a ship..??

When reading the news articles about this incident, I noticed something very interesting in the way in which the general public and the shipping fraternity identify a ship, its markings and the areas of concern.. 🙂

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said to contain - what is your opinion

Emergency Bunker Surcharge – is it really an emergency..??

Depending on which carrier you use, you may come across various abbreviated variants of BAF (Bunker Adjustment Factor) such as BUC (Bunker Contribution), SBF (Standard Bunker Adjustment Factor) etc..

In the last week of May 2018, many carriers implemented what is known as Emergency Bunker Surcharge (EBS) or Emergency Bunker Fee (EBF) or Emergency Fuel Adjustment Factor (EFAF)..

Join the debate on whether this Bunker Surcharge and the quantum actually qualifies as “Emergency”..

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What is a ship registry or ship register..??

Many of you may have heard about ship register, ship registration, ship registry, flag state, flags of convenience etc.. While a few are synonyms, the rest are not..

This article discusses the various aspects of ship registration, the types of ship registers, the conditions required to be part of a ship register, what is a flag of convenience and flag state..

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Executive Insights : Cerasis’s National Sales Manager, Roger Jones on how to tackle capacity shortages, increased competition, and rising costs in freight

The answers to capacity shortages, increased competition, and rising costs lie in finding a good 3PL partner. That means providers need understands their client’s business model and vision, and offer additional solutions, savings, carriers and resources to help shippers reach their goals. In these uncertain times, the solutions and partners are there to help your business scale, be more efficient, have strong cost management and advance technologically.

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Shipping and Freight Resource Opinion

How significant will the freight rail revolution be over sea freight..

Recently there has been quite a buzz in the air about freight rail and movement of cargo especially from China to Europe and how quickly the cargo is moving..

In this article I am posing the question “How significant will the freight rail revolution be over sea freight“..

Join the discussion and share your views and opinions..

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Executive Insights: Freightos VP of Marketing Eytan Buchman on the marriage of expertise and technology

“We’re in an era where complexities melt away in the face of digital capabilities,” says Eytan Buchman, VP of marketing for the online freight marketplace Freightos.

For decades, shippers were told that they had to settle for the status quo because freight was all about experience and interpersonal relationships. That’s all changing now, thanks to advanced computing and new tech.

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Executive Insights: Sensefinity CEO Orlando Remédios on Bringing ‘Big Forwarder Solutions and Technology’ to Small Shippers

The days when pallets or containers disappeared into the supply chain and – hopefully – showed up on the other end weeks later are long over, says Sensefinity CEO Orlando Remédios.

In this instalment of our “Executive Insights” series, Remédios explains how, thanks to recent developments, all shippers need is a cell phone and an internet connection, and they can pretty much guarantee the integrity of their shipments.

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Matthew Tillman - Haven - Executive Insights - Shipping and Freight Resource

Executive Insights: Haven CEO Matthew Tillman on common mistakes shippers make, securing shipping data, and automating to meet global demand

Outdated technology and common mistakes shippers make can cost shippers thousands of dollars or more.. In this series of Executive Insights, we chat with the CEO of Haven – Matthew Tillman on what shippers can do to reduce error and cut costs..

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