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Author Archives: Gavin Magrath

FIATA Publishes Best Practices on Quality of Containers

In April 2019 the FIATA Working Group Sea Transport published a guide outlining problems and best practices in “Container Shipping and Quality of Containers“.  This follows on their guide for best practices in respect of  demurrage and detention on containers, published last year.  Containers … Continue reading

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Transport Canada invites comments on Marine Insurance Fee

Transport Canada (TC) has invited public comment on their proposal to introduce a fee of $98 for the issuance of a marine insurance certificate. TC issues certificates to shipowners confirming they have provided proof of insurance adequate under the Conventions on … Continue reading

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Blockchain Comes to Town

Last week CargoX launched its CargoX Smart B/L™ blockchain product to the international transportation industry, marking the first practical commercial application of the technology in the industry. Blockchain is the name for a group of technologies which permit the tracking … Continue reading

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Forwarders Face Increased Risk from Switch Bills

Several organizations, including WCA and iContainers, have warned forwarders about the increased risks associated with issuing “switch” bills of lading. Switch bills are obtained from the carrier on request of the shipper holding the original bills of lading, replacing the … Continue reading

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1st Train Reaches Churchill MB

Readers will recall that Omnitrax LLC, the owners of the Hudson Bay Railway that serves the deepwater port at Churchill, failed to make repairs or to formally discontinue service under the Transportation Act following significant damage to the line caused by spring flooding … Continue reading

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Crisis in Cameroon: Conversation with Felix Nkongho

On October 25th Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada and the Law Society of Ontario hosted Barrister Felix Nkongho for a discussion about the current humanitarian crisis in Cameroon and the discrimination and persecution faced by Cameroon’s anglophone minority.  The conversation was … Continue reading

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FIATA Proposes Best Practices in Demurrage and Detention

The Working Group – Sea Transport of the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Transitaires et Assimilés (FIATA) announced the publication of a Best Practices guide for Demurrage and Detention charges in Container Shipping.  The absence of regulatory action has resulted in detention and … Continue reading

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Applicants successful in Bill 5 Challenge

Justice Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court issued judgment today in favour of the Applicant challengers of the Government of Ontario’s Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act. The BLGA acted to, inter alia, reduce the number of wards in the … Continue reading

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FMC Interim Report on Detention + Demurrage

On 5 March 2018 the FMC announced a fact-finding investigation number 28 entitled “Conditions and Practices relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time in International Oceanborne Commerce” pursuant to 46 CFR 502.281. The investigation stems from a petition made to … Continue reading

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Join Gavin Magrath at CIFFA’s 70th Anniversary Conference

Please join me at the CIFFA 70th Anniversary Conference – Toronto Oct. 16 & 17, where I will be speaking. Use promo code “CSP1518” and save 15% on non-member ticket prices to attend this two-day special 70th Anniversary Conference, Global … Continue reading

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