Charges for container held up in port

Discussion in 'International Business' started by OMGVape, Jan 17, 2021.

  1. OMGVape

    OMGVape UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I've just got a bill for a container held up at Felixstowe port.

    The container arrived early December and was held up because customs decided to take a closer look, then a fault with some equipment so container couldn't be loaded onto a train, then of course Xmas and New Year holiday delayed delivery to me.

    My shipping company have sent me a bill for £3000.

    Am I really obliged to pay this ?
    Posted: Jan 17, 2021 By: OMGVape Member since: Jan 21, 2018
  2. Mr D

    Mr D UKBF Legend Free Member

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    What is your agreement with your shipping company regarding charges?
    Posted: Jan 17, 2021 By: Mr D Member since: Feb 12, 2017
  3. Mike Foulds

    Mike Foulds UKBF Regular Free Member

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    It would also depend on what terms you have purchased the cargo under. If DDU, or DAP, then you may be able to pass the costs back to the shipper. Otherwise, unfortunately, then yes, it is almost definitely on your head, unless you can show that your forwarder dropped the ball somewhere and didn't information in good time. I would comment that normally we avoid having shipments arrive over the Christmas period for just this reason, more chance of delays, and, if something customs related happens, it slower to get resolved. Hope that helps.
    Posted: Jan 18, 2021 By: Mike Foulds Member since: Mar 21, 2018