Shippers across the globe has sometimes experienced rejection of their dangerous goods bookings with different shipping lines.
What are the reasons for a shipping line to reject a dangerous goods booking submitted to it or at the time of loading?
There may be varying reasons for a shipping line to reject a booking. This rejection can be immediately after placing the booking or after giving a formal acceptance the goods can be rejected from loading.
Some of the common reasons resulting in rejection by a line are:
- Goods involved are prohibited by the line’s in-house rules
- Goods involved are prohibited by Vessel owner / VSA
- Transit port prohibition
- Transshipment port prohibition
- Discharge port prohibition
- Quantity limit of transit port increase if this shipment is accepted
- Quantity limit of transhipment port increase if this shipment is accepted
- Quantity limit of discharge port increase if this shipment is accepted
- Direct delivery confirmation needed from consignee
- Import/Export permit required (UN Drug Control or CWC requirement)
- Special documents such as analysis report or competent authority report needed
- Technical name missing or not matching the proper shipping name
- Insufficient or non-appropriate packing details
- Segregation needed with other goods in same container
- Reefer temperature not as per regulations for said dangerous goods
- Flashpoint and Packing Group not matching
- Flashpoint variation from pure substance is too large
- Information in dangerous goods declaration not matching the details submitted in booking
- Segregation or stowage restriction on vessel
- Draft constrains at a port when loading DG on deck
Above is not an exhaustive list. There can be other reasons also; it is always prudent to place the booking well advance of cut off date for materializing a dangerous goods shipment. For more information on the process of line accepting Dangerous Goods, Reefer and OOG please refer to article Booking Validation .