The shipping industry has existed for centuries and its equipment and technologies have certainly become increasingly sophisticated and efficient. Traditional shipping procedures, however, have contributed to approximately 3-4 percent of global emissions. In this post, you will learn more about several green trends that are transforming the logistics industry for the better.
Optimization of Port Management Procedures
More shipping companies in the logistics industry are expected to refine and optimize their port management procedures. For example, research has shown that companies are progressively shortening the amount of time that ships typically spend idling in docks and harbors. This practice has helped improve turnaround time, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and have simply made shipping processes significantly more efficient than before. The good news is that these practices have been adopted by almost all major shipping companies. This means that the logistics industry will become increasingly greener.
The Use of Sky Sails
Sky sails are a relatively new invention and are ingeniously simple. They involve using large kites to tow a cargo ship during its voyage. Because sky sails utilize the limitless energy of wind power, they can take significant strain off a ship’s engine. All in all, this green technology increases propulsion efficiency, cuts emissions, and lowers fuel expenditure. Shipping companies will have no issues adopting this technology because the cost of implementing it is minimal.
The Rise of Voyage Optimization
Modern-day technologies are making voyages less unpredictable and far safer than ever before. They allow shipping companies to predict the weather and other maritime conditions with great accuracy. That’s not all; shipping companies across the globe are also using these technologies to monitor and/or predict the performance of their ships in various sea conditions. The data allows them to make more informed decisions about which routes to take. In addition to avoiding high winds and rough seas, voyage optimization is also a great way to reduce fuel consumption and one’s carbon footprint.
Increased Slow Steaming Practices
In order to reduce fuel consumption on a voyage, some shipping companies also rely on slow steaming techniques. This method often involves companies running their ships at a lower speed. Slow steaming began as a way for companies to cut costs but in 2010, nearly all global shipping companies incorporated it into their Standard Operating Procedures. Today, it has become one of the most important green trends in the shipping industry. It is now a highly effective and simple way of reducing carbon emissions.
Cutting Carbon Fuel Consumption
While reducing fuel consumption can help slash carbon emissions, one has to consider the scale of the shipping industry. This means that more has to be done if global shipping companies were to reduce their environmental impact significantly. Fortunately, a promising new technology is emerging: low-carbon fuels. They are designed to reduce greenhouse and noxious gases that can be emitted by large cargo ships. By stripping away larger quantities of impurities such as sulfur and ash, these fuels tend to have a lesser toxicity effect on human health and the environment.
As you can see, green shipping practices have already started to revolutionize the shipping industry. All of them are essential for combating the negative effects that fossil fuels have on the global climate.
Incoterms are comprised of guidelines pertaining to what sellers and buyers must do to fulfill their part of the transaction. Established by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), incoterms are part and parcel of international ocean freight services. Since incoterms can be used to resolve disagreements in the event of a dispute, the chosen incoterm must be decided and agreed upon by both buyer and seller. In order to prevent misuse of these rules and guidelines, this post aims to highlight several common incoterms mistakes that can be avoided. Read on to find out more!
Incoterm Didn’t Meet Bank’s Security Requirements for Payment
This mistake may occur when international payment methods such as a Letter of Credit is used. LOCs state that payments can only be made/received after the necessary documents are submitted to the bank (to inform officials that the conditions of the transaction have been met). Due to its safe and secure nature, there seems to be a lack of complete trust between the seller and buyer.
It is important to note that F-incoterms should not be used to address these issues because the buyer will be held responsible for transporting the merchandise. This means that this party has the power to intervene by issuing a Bill of Lading, which prevents the seller from getting paid.
If you are the seller, and the payments are to be made via a Letter of Credit, consider using C-incoterms instead. The two most important documents required to effect payment: the commercial invoice and the Bill of Lading, will be in your control.
Not Considering how EXW Incoterm (EXW) may Affect Export Procedures
Under an EXW incoterm, the seller has the least responsibilities, which often ends after the merchandise has been packaged. From then on, the buyer takes over by exporting the goods from the origin country and maintain communications with export authorities. This process, however, may not be straightforward for the buyers, especially if they are unfamiliar with the export process of the country of origin.
Another potential problem is that shippers may not always permit non-authorized personnel facilitate loading on their grounds due to liability reasons. As a result, the shipper may have to take charge of the loading, which is contrary to EXW’s stipulations. If the cargo gets damaged in the process, determining the responsible party may prove to be challenging. At the end of the day, having the buyer take control of this may then be impractical and unrealistic for certain transactions.
Rushing to Commit to DAP Incoterm and DDP Incoterm
Under DAP Incoterm (Delivered at Place) and DDP Incoterm (Delivery Duty Paid), the seller is often responsible for paying arrival expenditures at destination, including local taxes and duties like VAT, GST, among others. In most countries, it is simply more efficient to have the consignee handle the customs clearance process. They are, however, not legally obliged to do so and that responsibility may fall back onto the seller. If you are the consignee, it is best to err on the side of caution in case of clearance issues caused by shipper’s error. This means that it could result in a delay in cargo delivery as well.
If you are looking for a team that can simplify ocean shipping for your company, you have come to the right place. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with STC Logistics to learn more!
GlobalShop is the world’s largest retail design and merchandising trade show, and GlobalShop 2019 continues the tradition while innovating to bring together more than 20,000 industry attendees to explore leading trends in visual merchanting, store design and construction, and retail design products.
Held at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, this year’s GlobalShop @ RetailX delivers a colocation of the nation’s top three retail events through a collaborative partnership with Retail TouchPoints. If you are looking for the most comprehensive experience in the retail industry, this is it!
As a leading supply chain provider in helping retail businesses manage retail space opening or remodeling, STC Logistics will be there at GlobalShop 2019 to showcase how our logistics and installation teams can provide a Total Source Solution for retail rollout or installation projects.
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