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What Does it Mean to Short Ship or Short Land?

When shipping freight is a large part of your business, you are exposed to many terms you may not be familiar with. This means you may not know what is actually happening to your shipment! Cratex Group, the Vancouver transloading experts, want to help you understand shipping terms and what these terms mean.

Here are two situations that you might experience during a freight shipment: short ship and short land. Neither one of them is a good experience to have, but at least you will know what is happening and be able to work with your carrier properly to solve the issue.

What is a Short Ship?

A short ship is something that can happen to one of your cargo containers after it reaches the terminal. This is a container that has reached the terminal in enough time to be loaded onto the ship, train or truck but for some reason has been left behind by the operator for a multitude of reasons including:

  •      Scheduling conflicts with the vessel. Maybe the vessel was delayed at another port or caught up in inclement weather. For scheduling reasons, the vessel must leave before being fully loaded at the port, which means your container was left behind.
  •      Incorrect or unfinished paperwork associated with the container. Perhaps the paperwork was not ready at the time of loading.
  •      Equipment issues (broken crane, poor access to that section of the dock, etc) that prevented the container from being picked up.
  •      Problems with the booking of the vessel. In this case, the vessel was overloaded and simply could not accommodate the container even though it was booked for that shipment.
  •      Issues with hazardous materials that are already on board. This typically happens with a hazardous shipment that may mix catastrophically with another hazardous shipment.
  •      Errors with the weight of the container. If the actual weight of the container is heavier than what is listed on the bill of lading, it could be left behind.
  •      Issues locating the container at the port.

What is a Short Land?

A short land is almost the exact opposite of a short ship. Instead of your cargo container being left behind it is not offloaded. There are a few different reasons why this can happen:

  •      There was a problem with acceptance at the port due to the receiving party not being present or the cargo not being cleared to land in the port. This can happen more often in the US and Canada, where there are much more stringent import restrictions.
  •      There is an issue with the vessel’s schedule. The vessel might be running behind and has to leave to keep schedule, or is rushed due to inclement weather.
  •      There is an error with the bill of lading or discharge paperwork. This could result in the container being unloaded at the wrong port.

Vancouver Transloading Helps you to Avoid These Problems

Contact us today and let Cratex Group, the Vancouver transloading experts, handle your shipment for you so you can avoid these issues.