This article is part of The Wire: Focus on The Gulf, released in March 2015.
The following guidelines for incorporating standard terms and conditions are applicable to all of the suggested terms and conditions published by ITIC (found below). Having an excellent set of Standard Terms and Conditions (Terms) in your desk drawer or on your website, is all very well, but unless you have incorporated them into your dealings with your client, they will not form part of your legal relationship with your client and you will not be able to rely on the terms should a dispute arise. It is therefore very important that you incorporate your Terms into your dealings. Members of ITIC should seek the advice of their usual legal advisor prior to using any of these terms and conditions.
Ten years have elapsed since ITIC last issued these Guidelines and they have therefore been updated. Cargo is valuable, and parties not entitled to the goods attempt to obtain delivery. These parties often succeed due to the inattention and negligence of import clerks in ship agency offices. It is important that import clerks are properly trained and know where the areas of greatest risk are. The ITIC Guidelines are specifically designed assist in this task.
In the high speed, high pressure business of ship agency, time and accuracy are of the essence. Occasionally this leads to mistakes when it comes to the basics. ITIC has therefore created a set of guidelines for ship agents on...