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.

July 25, 2021

Cargo theft and seal discrepancy. How to avoid losses?

No one ships cargo intending to lose it. But unfortunately, container arrival with seal discrepancy is the reality for many exporters and importers. The hardest part is facing this reality and asking yourself how to win a cargo theft claim. Insufficient evidence to point out to the liable party could be a sign that something else is wrong. So if you want to know what to do when your cargo is discharged with seal discrepancy read on.

July 4, 2021

Cargo claims. Has the time bar been properly protected?

Ensuring the time bar is a fundamental aspect of handling cargo claims. It is not possible for the claim to be further pursued after the time limit has passed.Industry statistics show that approx 90% of all cargo claims submitted to shipping lines are pushed into time bar by the carriers. Every year. Means shippers get 0. More experienced claimants are aware of the adrenaline rush as the time bar date creep closer. Whether you have requested a time extension or not in the past, here are a few tips which will assure that there can be no doubt of whether a time extension was granted or not. 

July 4, 2021

Cargo claims. How to win water damage claims?

Often we receive claims where cargoes such as coffee, cocoa, rise, sugar etc. have become wet and/or mouldy during transit.

Shipping lines use standard rejection: “condensation”, “inherent vice”, BL clauses “ load, stow, count” in order not to pay these claims. It sounds negative. No importer enjoys disputing the obvious, that cargo was heavily rotten due to hole, dents, cracks, flooding etc.

And you may or may not believe me but possessing the right evidence from the origin can save you a lot of time arguing with the carrier and will always yield in positive outcome.

Below are the tactics to help you negotiate cargo claims for water ingress/mould like a Pro.

July 4, 2021

Cargo claims. More Cargo Theft from Warehouses

With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing, resulting in factories and other mass-employment facilities being shut down and employees’ daily wage being cut to a minimum, Africa has seen an increase in cargo claims. We are used to seeing pilferage of cargo from containers during inland journeys. However currently we are witnessing an increase of cargo theft from inland storage facilities such as warehouses. How to prevent losses from cargo theft from storage facilities in Africa and not only? That’s what we’ll show you how to do here.

June 28, 2021

Cargo claims. When you should not pay GRI.

Shippers recently have received a GRI announcement from carriers - “that starting from June 20th 2021 (BL date) we will be implementing a General Rate Increase 100 USD per container”. Before we answer your question when you should NOT pay  GRI or better to say when you can claim GRI waiver, let’s demystify this fee.