Wrong number – US$150,000

A U.S. liner agent when keying into his computer details of special instructions to the line’s terminal for the care and handling of containerised cargo, entered a “3” instead of an “8” when recording the number of a container to be fumigated.  As bad luck would have it, the container with the wrong number was also in the terminal, and this container of hospital supplies worth US$150,000 was fumigated with methyl bromide.

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