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Say what..!!!!!!!! Yes my thought exactly when I got this question from a reader.. But then I said to myself this is a very valid and interesting question..
What is a House Bill of Lading and can anyone issue a House Bill of Lading..?? This article examines this vital question..
This article is a live case study about release of cargo by an agent without house bill of lading.. I invite all of you to comment on the recourse available to the freight forwarder in this interesting case..
In response to the question Who is a Freight Forwarder, I explained that in the most succinct and layman terms, a Freight Forwarder maybe defined as a multi-function agent/operator who undertakes to handle the movement of goods from point to point on behalf of the cargo owner..
Simple enough description.. But when one reads what happens in a day in the life of a freight forwarder it may not be so simple..
In the recent months there is a big conversation going on about the impact of “digitalisation” and “disruption” of the shipping and freight industry, to the extent that some people are terming it as the beginning of the end for the freight forwarder..
Is it really so..?? Let’s put it in perspective and see..
Disruption, Innovation, Big Data, IoT, SaaS, Digital freight forwarders, Blockchain.. No its not a Thesaurus test..
These are just some of the big fancy words thrown around in the market and media currently in relation to shipping and freight..
These tools are all (or should be) designed to assist the customer, whether you are a buyer, seller, trader, forwarder, NVOCC or shipping line to conduct their business smoothly and efficiently..
Yet with all these advances, innovations, digitization etc customers still have problems with container shipments on a daily basis.. Whether it is with a shipping line, with a forwarder, with customs, with port, with hauliers etc etc etc, there are still many problems on a daily basis..
So my question today is, in spite of such advances in technology, communication, operations, trade documentation and accessibility why are many customers still facing problems with container shipments..??
What is distressed cargo and when does it occur..?? As those in the shipping industry are aware and those who are new to the industry may be experiencing or those who are not in the industry may have realised, shipping and freight industry is a crucible of many different jargons, abbreviations and trite phrases to […]
How many original bills of lading must I surrender to get release of cargo..??
This question popped up on my comments and emails quite a few times since the beginning of this year and therefore I decided to write this short note to answer it..
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..
Are telex release and express release the same..??
Telex Release and Express Release – These are terms that still confuses many people in the industry..
The confusion occurs when these terms are loosely used instead of using it in the strict sense..