On 20th August, FIATA said it was calling for urgent dialogue with the top carriers, in the wake of recent moves by shipping lines to impose penalties on shippers who misdeclare cargoes. Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and OOCL have all confirmed to have adopted a practice of charge fines for misdeclarated cargo reaching up to $15,000 – as an attempt to improve safety and reduce delays whereby up to a quarter of all serious incidents on board containerships are attributable to misdeclared cargo as referenced by the Cargo Incident Notification System initiative. FIATA is also seeking clarity is whether the fines apply solely to the misdeclaration of dangerous goods, or any instance in which goods are misdeclared.
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