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04/07/2017
Concerns have been raised over recent years that the movement of shipping containers facilitates the spread of pests adversely impacting sensitive environments. Both the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have now given endorsement to joint industry guidelines concerning container cleanliness.

04/07/2017
The replacement of solvent based paints with environmentally friendlier waterborne paints will have a number of consequences to container owners.

04/07/2017
In 2011 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed a two-year output on ‘Development of measures to prevent loss of containers’, in part arising from the ‘Lashing@Sea’ project report. VGM was one of the results; here are some others.

06/06/2017
The cost of safety failures, however small the frequency rate, is usually disproportionate; equally, the rewards for safe operations and practices generally accrue significant benefits. Effective near miss reporting is key.

06/06/2017
While operators do not plan to have incidents, the prudent will seek to apply sound pre-emptive advice to bolster the defence of any potential future claims.

06/06/2017
Lawyers can become excited about who has the burden of proof and when it might pass or be discharged. Nevertheless, a convoluted interpretation can give rise to  pragmatic judgements.

09/05/2017
Recent caselaw suggests that English courts will lean towards the selecting interpretations on limits of liability that favour a claimant. Unwelcome to the carrier community, so worth considering how best to describe goods on carriage documents.

09/05/2017
Are you a winner in the global supply chain game?

09/05/2017
Incorporation of Standard Trading Conditions is an ‘old chestnut’, but remains critically important in supply chain operations. Don’t let the ‘big picture’ deal blind you to such protective ‘detail’.

04/04/2017
Implementation of Directive (EU) 2015/719 on 7 May 2017 emphasises the need for correct weight information in the freight supply chain and potentially clarifies apportionment of liability.

04/04/2017
There continue to be improvements in efficiency and simplification arising from the SOLAS VGM requirements. Aggregating some of these with initiatives in other aspects of the supply chain could deliver exponential advance in safety.

04/04/2017
New international regulations implemented last July clearly defined what comprises ‘gross mass’ for transporting packed containers by sea and required one of two weighing processes to support documented communication between stakeholders.

14/03/2017
In Australia, as a general rule, where there is a reasonable prospect of litigation occurring or investigations being undertaken by regulatory authorities, a business should take all necessary steps to ensure that it can meet its obligations to retain any relevant or potentially relevant documents which would be disclosable in these circumstances. 

14/03/2017
Whenever an incident occurs, it is right and reasonable for the individual or organisation concerned to consider properly the facts and evidence related to what has happened. It may not be that litigation is immediately contemplated, but that may well occur in many situations.

14/03/2017
When something happens, it may seem reasonable to ensure that the facts are collated and evidence retained. In international trade, understanding the differing rules is important. Without seeking to provide legal advice, what follows is an overview of the approaches in a number of jurisdictions.

14/02/2017
The energy devoted by CINS members coming together to share good operational practice, highlight risks and increase safety is bringing benefit to the entire unit load industry.

10/01/2017
Variations on charcoal have been causing concern. Perhaps it is opportune to improve the safety of people, property and the environment.

10/01/2017
1 January 2017 marks the start of transitional effect for Amendment 38-16 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. All amendments prior to Amendment 37-14 are no longer valid.

06/12/2016
Cargo theft continues to be a constant threat to the global supply chain and an increasing drain on the economies they serve.

06/12/2016
Many logistics operators over the last decade have invested in exploring lucrative opportunities in emerging markets, such as the Middle East.

01/11/2016
What approach do common law jurisdictions take when considering unfairness of contract terms? Here is an overview from the English and (most) United States jurisdictions.

01/11/2016
Fighting unfair contract terms in civil law jurisdictions may appear a recent phenomenon, but the reality is that the process has been underway for well over a century.

01/11/2016
The Australian government has passed legislation extending protection against unfair terms in standard form contracts beyond consumers to Australian small businesses.

03/10/2016
What does ‘Ship-Port Interface’ actually mean and what are the issues?

03/10/2016
What is a reasonable target for the shared industrial workspace at the ship-port interface?

05/09/2016
Container operations are often reliant on road carriage prior to and after carriage by sea. Careful attention to the associated road equipment is required to minimise the risks. 

05/09/2016
Incident causation is never simple; over the road liabilities in the US now expose a broad range of supply chain stakeholders in potentially surprising ways.

08/08/2016
Container operators need to ensure they have in place a system for monitoring and maintaining the state of the containers under their stewardship. Diverse stakeholders drive differing requirements.

08/08/2016
Containers play a major role in international trade; rigorous equipment maintenance processes are critical. Consider which examination process best mitigates the risks.

12/07/2016
US food rule will continue to drive up standards and requirements; beware the contractual negotiations.

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