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pack your container properly

Will you please pack your container properly..!!

Will you please pack your container properly..!!

I can hear this cry loud and clear from many Insurance companies, P&I Clubs, Transporters, Importers and Shipping Lines and all within good reason too..

There are innumerable cases of damage to cargo, containers, personnel, lifting equipment and ships due to improper packing of cargo into containers..

Cargo damage can take many forms such as Physical, Wet, Contamination, Temperature related etc..

As per UK P&I Club, 25% of the cargo claims that they receive is due to physical damage.. Read on to understand more..

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What is distressed cargo and when does it occur..??

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 […]

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case in container - Cargo types and packing method in containers

Cargo types and packing method in containers

Why is the containerised trade considered the most versatile among the shipping trades..?? Because of the sheer variety of cargo that is transported around the world in containers..

Using the various container sizes, types and dimensions available in the trade today, one can transport almost all types of cargoes around the world..

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significance of stack date

Significance of Stack Date and why it is important..

Known by many names including Cut-off time, Gate Cut-off etc, the term STACK DATE has a massive significance in the shipment of a container and is a crucial element in the whole export cycle.. For the sake of simplicity I will refer to it as stack date or stack period throughout this article.. Read on to understand more about it..

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the art of handling a tender

The art of handling a freight tender

Tenders are an integral part of shipping and freight for the carrier, shippers and and OTI (freight forwarder or NVOCC)..

I headlined this article as “the art of handling a freight tender” because majority of the tenders are quite complicated and capable of pushing people over the edge due to its complexity with its tight deadlines and the nearly impossible task of compacting the costs..

People in our industry who have handled some complicated global freight tenders such as the ones floated by global companies will understand what I am talking about..

So how does the whole thing work and how does a tender influence or impact on a carrier and/or freight forwarder and their business.. Is it really an art..??

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markings on a Container Door

What do the markings on a container mean..??

All of you may have seen the markings on a container, specially the door when it comes to your warehouse for packing or unpacking..

Each of these markings plays a very significant role in the transportation of the container and provides vital information to all entities in the supply chain relating to the monitoring and safety of the container and cargo during its carriage..

Let us look at each of these markings individually based on the image below showing the various markings..

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