Traffic info about Sea Freight

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Important information about transport worldwide

Here you will find important traffic information on worldwide Sea Freight. You are, of course, always more than welcome to reach out to your local Blue Water contact for further information.
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China introduces Uniform Social Credit Code

As per 1 June 2018, Chinese Customs Authorities will introduce new demands to the information in transport documents: Uniform Social Credit Code.

The following data must be provided in all transport documents as per 1 June:

Uniform Social Credit Code

USCC is the Tax payer's indentification no. (TIN no.) and consist of 18 digits. In case of "to order B/L or "to order AWB", the tax ID number of first Notify Party must be advised.

Enterprise Code of Shipper

This is Shipper’s tax identification number – European VAT number etc.

If the above information is not provided, your consignment is at risk of being held by Chinese authorities.

For further information, please contact your local Blue Water office.


New B/L demands – Export India

We must draw your attention to the fact that Mumbai Customs have issued a public notice stating that with effect from 1 April 2018, all export B/Ls should include the following mandatory details

  • Import & Export Code (IEC) of the importer
  • GST Identification No. (GSTIN) of the importer
  • Official email ID of the importer

These demands are intended to avoid export of waste that the exporting country ships to India for dumping purposes.

If you have any questions to the above, please refer to your local contact at Blue Water.


Capacity problems for hauliers in the US and Canada

The capacity problems for hauliers in the US and Canada is worsening.

Some of the main challenges that the trucking communities are facing include:

  • Governmental regulations including “Electronic Log Devices” (ELDs)
  • Infrastructure and congestion at ports and airports
  • Limited free times at rail ramps
  • Fewer entrants into the job market. Surveys indicate a shortage of 35,000 truckers in the US
  • Increasing operational costs
  • High service demands and requirements (hazardous cargo, refrigerated cargo or other special cargo). Several trucking companies are now starting to avoid these types of cargo

These challenges make on-time door deliveries increasingly difficult while also increasing the risk of demurrage, detention and storage.

For further information, please contact your local Blue Water office.


Time slot on container terminals in Hamburg

Hamburg’s four container terminals are developing their TR02-system which is used to plan the inbound and outbound delivery of containers. Through this system, the haulier will receive a delivery number for each individual container.

The next phase in the development is time slot which comes into effect as per October 29. This means, that it is mandatory for each haulier to make an inquiry for a pre-allocated time slot for each individual container being delivered on one of the four terminals.

The below illustration shows you the tolerance of time slot’s as well as how the terminals will prioritize the trucks.Timeslot til containere

The new system can cause problems when delivering containers. In case the containers are not unloaded or released, they cannot receive a time slot.

We do not know the number of possible slots within one time slot as the terminals have not communicated anything about this.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your local Blue Water contact.


New demands for documentation - Thailand

Please be aware that Thailand has introduced new regulations for marking of goods and documents for shipments to and from the country. The new regulations cover: invoice, packing list and other documents accompanying the goods. The regulations apply to both sea freight and air freight.

As from 13 November 2017, SHIPPING MARK must be inserted in all documents. (SHIPPING MARK is the cargo marks and number provided by you).

The outer package of the goods must bear the same SHIPPING MARK. You are allowed to enter the text by hand.

If the above two requirements are not fulfilled, you will receive a fine of 50,000 Baht (approx. 1,525 USD) from the customs in Thailand.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to call your local contact at Blue Water.


USA tightens import regulations for wooden packaging

USA has tightened the import regulations for cargo arriving in wooden packaging.

Wooden packaging arriving in USA must on two sides of the article display visible proof of having received treatment to kill timber pests prior to dispatch. Any violations of these regulations will be fined.

For further information, please visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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