Difference between bulk and break bulk

Bulk and Break bulk are two terms that are being used incorrectly and interchangeably in the course of day to day business..

These terms cannot be used interchangeably because there are distinctive differences between Bulk and Break Bulk in terms of cargo, nature, size, capacity, handling, trade, customers, ports, terminals, equipment, infrastructure…………………………………..

How do you differentiate between the two..?? This article will help you understand clearly..

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Freight benchmarking and its benefits

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Benchmarking – is a business tool used by companies to evaluate and compare the current position and standing of the company against similar companies and organisations in the same business space in the market..

The point of benchmarking is to identify opportunities for improvement of your products and services by comparing your company’s performance, processes, costs against a bigger and better market competitor..

This could mean tweaking your company’s products/services to match the competitor’s offering in the market or by improving your scope of services..

Freight benchmarking is a benchmarking tool in the shipping and freight industry used by various role players in the industry such as BCOs, freight forwarders and shipping lines..

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Do you speak Maritime English..??

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A seafarer is never at the front or the back of a ship; they are at the bow or the stern. They are never on the left or right side, but rather port or starboard. They are never in their bedroom or the kitchen, but they might be in their cabin or in the galley. A ship’s speed is not measured in miles or kilometres per hour, but rather in knots. A ship, of course, is referred often as “she” and not always as “it”.

These are the things we might think of when we hear a phrase like “Maritime English”.

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What is a Blank sailing..??

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  • Trans-Pacific carriers accelerate blank sailings
  • More blank sailings spell volatility for trans-Pacific
  • AE2-blank-sailing-announcement-Europe-Services – Maersk
  • Falling US imports spell more trans-Pacific blankings
  • Soft demand and falling rates push 2M to blank another Asia-USEC sailing
  • Ocean Alliance to Blank Ten Transpacific Sailings as Spot Rates Plummet

These are some of the headlines you might have seen across many media, all with one common factor “blank sailings”..

What is this blank sailing and how does it impact or influence global container shipping..??

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Freight Forwarder and Clearing Agent

difference between forwarder and clearing agent

There are several entities involved in the successful transportation of a shipment.. However big or small a shipment is, two entities stand out due to the importance of their roles in a shipment..

These entities are a Freight Forwarder and a Clearing Agent..

It is very important to understand the functions of a freight forwarder and a clearing agent and their role in a shipment as this is often confused..

While in a lot of cases, a freight forwarder and clearing agent may be the same entity, there are many cases where they are different as well and in this post we explore the similarities and difference between a freight forwarder and clearing agent..

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What are “lost slots”..??

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As container shipping has evolved over the years, so have the methods of carrying cargo and types of cargo being carried.. Open Tops and Flat Racks are two of the container types that are used in the carriage of (OOG) Out of Gauge cargo (also called (ODC) Over Dimensional Cargo in certain countries)..

This type of carriage has its own individuality and one unique feature of this type of carriage are the Lost Slots which occurs in the carriage of this type of cargo and this is explained in detail in this article..

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Shipping Jargon : Street Turn

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There is a new shipping jargon in town and it is called Street Turn.. It is a charge about to be implemented by a few of the shipping lines..

This has the shippers up in arms with some terming it as insane, appalling and a huge mistake.. Read about it here and join a short poll on what your opinion is about the street turn..

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FMC’s Demurrage and Detention Charges investigation completed

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As you maybe aware, the Federal Maritime Commission initiated investigation, Fact Finding 28, in March 2018 to look into the question whether demurrage and detention charges in the shipping industry were justified..

Industry stakeholders raised a petition to address the question whether demurrage and detention fees charged to shippers for storing containers and using equipment beyond the carrier’s or terminal’s allowed “free time” were just and reasonable..

This question arose on the back of demurrage and detention charges levied by the port, terminal and shipping lines to the shippers especially in the key USA gateways of Los-Angeles/Long Beach on the West Coast and New York-New Jersey on the East Coast..

Here are the results of the investigation and its findings..

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What is Low Sulphur Surcharge and why is it applicable..??

Low Sulphur Surcharge

In April 2018, more than 100 Member States met at the International Maritime Organisation in London and adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels..

The current global limit for sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil is 3.50% m/m (mass by mass)..

The regulations to reduce sulphur oxide emissions has introduced a new global limit for sulphur content of ships and as from 1st of January 2020 the new global limit on the sulphur content will be 0.50% m/m..

The LSS or Low Sulphur Surcharge is as a consequence of this meeting..

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Example of a currency swap and how it can help trade..

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A Currency Swap is a pact between two countries that allows trading in their own currency and payments to import and export trade at pre-determined exchange rates without bringing in a third currency..

In this article we discuss with a latest example how the currency swap works and how it helps trade between the countries in the currency swap agreement..

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