Large or small steel coils
A forwarder booked the transportation by rail of 140 steel coils in 70 containers. When notifying the railway authorities, the forwarder inadvertently informed them that there were 70 containers each containing 140 steel coils. The weight of each container provided by the forwarder was correct, but the fact that there were only two large coils to each container, rather than 140 small coils, would have rendered the containers unacceptable to the railway company. Large steel coils are notoriously unstable and this proved to be the case here. One coil pierced the wall of a container and damaged other containers. It also pierced the floor of the rail wagon and damaged 3 to 4 kilometers of rail track. The railway authorities ordered the removal of all 70 containers, and claimed from the forwarder for the damage caused to their property.