A Member has recently experienced difficulties regarding dunnage on a ship bound for US ports. Respecting strict US regulations concerning dunnage, the master of the ship has attempted to obtain a Phytosanitary Certificate for all dunnage at all ports where the ship is loading steel. The ship has successfully obtained such certificates for two previously visited ports, but was unable to get a certificate at the Port of Odessa. Local agents at the port advised the master that such certificates are no longer required by US authorities provided dunnage is duly stamped.
The master of the ship was concerned that when the dunnage is cut for the purpose of securing cargo, pieces of wood dunnage will be separated from the part that is stamped, and also that stamps may be damaged and made unreadable during the process of fitting the dunnage. Members may be interested in the following information provided to the Member concerned in this case:
Please be aware of the following documents available to Members on the UK P&I Club website in support of this advice:
Source of information: Palmer Biezup & Henderson, LLP
Tel: +1 215 625 7809
Through Patrick Bush and Richard Case, Thomas Miller P&I Ltd.