Our team of legal experts give you inside info on the legal world of cargo claims – from how to avoid losses and prevent cargo claims to taking pictures that can win a court case.
Time bar has been a hot topic, especially when genuine cargo claims are extinguished by carriers after a certain period of time. The nature of the time bar clauses and the concept itself is quite draconian. Every cargo claim is subject to a limitation period.
The starting point for a court is that if a claim is not made within the applicable time limit it cannot be made at all and while some courts may have the discretion to permit a claim which has been made out of time, persuading courts that claims should be allowed in such circumstances can be a lengthy and uncertain process. Missing a time limit can therefore have severe financial consequences.
Fresh and frozen cargo claims recoveries from liable carriers can be daunting, and in some cases, you might feel like giving up. Here’s what you can do to seriously enhance your chances to be paid.
Cargo exporters very often receive claim rejections from shipping lines based on “pre-shipment issues”, “hot stuff”, “load, stow, count” clauses. More often than not, shippers struggle to settle claims or settle at the higher level due to a lack of pre-shipment cargo evidence.
Cargo claims. Water ingress. The light test is so important to do before loading cargo into a container, or when the buyer receivess cargo that is inexplicably wet. The light test is great evidence to prove where the water ingressed the container and why the shipping line has to pay for cargo losses.
The severity of cargo contamination with beetles oftentimes result in cargo losses, but also in extensive collateral expenses: containers deviation to other ports, refumigation, demurrage, and detention costs, etc.
Many times, it becomes difficult to prove that the contamination happened during transit, given the shipping lines’ “standard rejections” - load, stow count, or inherent vices.
Having seen the possible reasons for contamination, we confirm that sometimes cargo is contaminated in transit, sometimes at the origin. Claim success depends on evidence. Cargo contamination problems have been exacerbated by recent excessive delays and container rollovers at the ports of loading.
Global shipping delays 2021. It is anticipated that the congestion will continue to cause massive impact not just for certain ports, but also for surrounding ports as shippers continue to try to redirect cargo. Recoupex shares workable tactics and loss prevention measures on how to reduce the impact of excessive delays, potential cargo claims, and associated costs for importers and exporters globally. Most importantly to ensure all goods for the End of the Year Holiday arrive on time.