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Tawainese shipping company Wan Hai Lines (WHL) says it will begin charging shippers with steep fines for misdeclared cargoes.
“From now on, if the declarations and shipping forms and documents enclosed are not true and not accurate, [Wan Hai Lines] has the rights to immediately stop or suspend the delivery of the cargoes or terminate the contract of delivery for the cargoes at any time during the carriage,” the company sait in a notice to customers this week.
For hazardous cargo, WHL says cargo interests will be charged $30,000 in punitive damages per container, while the fine for standard non-hazardous containers is $20,000.
WHL says shippers will also “assume and bear any expenses and fees incurred and all liabilities of damages and losses, costs, including but not limited to, fines, forfeits, penalties, attorney fees, litigation costs,” in addition to the fines listed above.
The announcement from WHL comes as carriers try to crack down on misdeclared cargo that has been the cause of container shipping casualties in the past.
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