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.

August 12, 2021

The best tip for africa cargo importers. Now.

Due to the loss of revenue for both importers and exporters, African businesses must take every possible chance to boost their bottom lines.  Claiming against liable carriers is one way to recover losses. This does not mean that cargo has to be damaged or stolen, shippers may have the opportunity to claim detention and demurrage charges back from shipping lines and/or claim for delay in delivery which resulted in reefer cargo total loss. 

August 11, 2021

You’re wasting time and burning money on cargo claims

Although it can be time-consuming, the collection of evidence and documents is crucial to speeding up the cargo claims handling process and ensuring it’s a success. This is a list of documents exporters and importers will need to recover losses from liable carrier.

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.