Abandoned cargo matters are never straight forward and how they are dealt with differs in each jurisdiction around the world. Our aim here is to gather information on the countries we find abandoned cargo issues arising the most and create a helpful guide on what to expect. In doing so, we hope to assist in aiding a proactive approach to these matters which should ultimately reduce costs.

We have asked a number of correspondents for their answers to the following standard questions

  • What are the main reasons for abandonments in a certain country? Do the reasons differ for certain ports?
  • After which time is a container officially abandoned in the different countries?
  • Does the Member need an official written letter from the customer that he abandons the cargo?
  • Is it possible for the Member to survey, sell, auction or destroy the cargo in this jurisdiction?
  • Does the Member need to obtain a court/customs order to have authority to dispose the cargo?
  • Will the container and cargo be blocked by customs?

We welcome your comments, amendments and expertise on this subject to ensure that we have the most up to date information available.

The UK P&I Club can take no responsibility for the contents of the individual articles. We nevertheless hope Members will find this to be a useful source of reference. We welcome feedback and suggestions from all readers so that regular improvements and updates can be made to this resource.

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