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The question around automation within logistics and the supply chain is certainly a topic on everyone’s mind, but the future of the supply chain is definitely still open to debate. It’s no secret that logistics is greeting most technological innovations with open arms – after all, anything that makes it a more seamless and faster process is certainly a good thing – but full automation of the supply chain isn’t quite as widely accepted. For those working in this industry, the automation vs manual debate is an ongoing one, and so we’re trying our hand at exploring the debate for ourselves.

What Could We See?

If automation were to take over the logistics industry, we could see improvements and changes across the entire process. Anything from admin to warehouse activity could be automated using process machinery, and with the increased understanding and development surrounding artificial intelligence, these robotics could even have something called machine learning. Machine learning gives computer systems – and robots – the ability to learn and ultimately improve upon a process they are already doing. In other words, they could learn when something goes wrong so it doesn’t happen again, or pick up patterns to improve the way that they complete their tasks. In the warehouse, this could mean increased speed of deliveries, accurate stock checks and so much more without any need for algorithm changes or human interaction – in other words, the process would became automatic and automated.

Is It Dangerous?

Of course, handing over the entire process to a machine can sound like a terrifying thing to do. We’ve seen the movies, we’ve heard of freak accidents and of course, accidents will always happen. However, these intelligent systems can often make things safer than if they were being completed by humans. After all, take out the human, and human error no longer becomes an issue. By embracing automation rather than fearing it, we can put more energy into developing these technologies and ultimately speeding up and improving the entire chain.

What About Jobs?

The big question, of course, is whether or not jobs will be at risk should we bring automation into the supply chain. While certain jobs would be at risk with the introduction of this kind of technology into the workplace, human interaction wouldn’t be removed completely. In fact, while a machine can certainly learn and become intelligent, there will still be a need for humans.

Better yet, skilled professionals can take themselves away from the mundane everyday back-office activities and put all of their attention and energy into other activities that a robot may not actually be able to do for themselves.

While automation is certainly something to be considered and will definitely be used in the supply chain in the future – after all, it already is! – it’s not something to run away from. The increased efficiency of all kinds of processes could mean a faster delivery service, an escape from tedious data-entry jobs for skilled staff, and a much better supply chain as a whole.

If you’d like a quick quote for your delivery, visit our quick quote form and fill in your details today. We may not have robots working at our warehouses just yet, but we can still offer next day delivery!

It’s no secret that the term ‘trucking’ stirs up images of hefty lorries filled to the brim with precious cargo, cabs filled with memorabilia and fast food trash, and a distinctly American-looking driver. Of course, the freighting life isn’t quite as ‘Hollywood’ as all that, but the fact of the matter is this – drivers can sit behind the wheel for hours at a time, with nothing but road ahead of them and from time to time, we need just a little bit of entertainment. What better way to get that entertainment than with the ultimate playlist?

Now we know that music is a matter of taste, but there’s no denying that sometimes a song comes along that, no matter your music taste, is just perfect for a situation. We’ve pulled together a list of those songs perfect for long drives to fill the traffic-filled hours.

  1. On The Road Again – Willie Nelson

As much as you’ll hear about the long hours spent alone either driving, or taking a break from driving, the people that get behind that wheel to deliver your freight love doing it. There’s something special about jumping behind the wheel and setting off on the open road, and what better way to celebrate that then the classic On The Road Again by Willie Nelson? Country may not be your style, but fan or not, you’ll probably find yourself putting on your best accent to belt out the classic lyric “I just can’t wait to get on the road again.”

  1. Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) – Alabama

Another country tune – are you sensing a pattern too, or is it just us? This song might not be the first you’d pick, but there’s no denying that it’s just as much of a classic as Willie Nelson’s hit. The story in the song might take a turn for the worse at one point, but with the conclusion seeing the truck driver surviving his apparent crash and being back with his wife and kids, there’s definitely a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel in this case. Besides, we all need a Billboard Hot Country Singles chart hit on our playlists from time to time, don’t we?

  1. Purple Sky – Kid Rock

This hard-rock band has plenty of hits you could include on your playlist, from All Summer Long, to Trucker Anthem, but we’re starting you off with Purple Sky. This 2010 release brought back a softer side of rock for the band, and while it’s certainly not their most popular hit, it’s still a favourite for drivers across the world. Besides, what’s more relatable than the lyric “I just wanna drive ‘til I run out of highway into the purple sky”?

  1. I’ve Been Everywhere – Johnny Cash

We couldn’t have a trucking playlist without a bit of Johnny Cash, and here it is. I’ve Been Everywhere is a song that pretty much everyone has heard. What’s more, if you aren’t a Johnny Cash fan, this song is one of the most covered, having been originally written back in 1959 and sung by Lucky Starr. With plenty of voices, styles, tones and more to choose from, you can enjoy this hit in countless different ways – the Johnny Cash version is just arguably the most popular!

  1. Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi

This song has absolutely nothing to do with trucking, but when you’re stuck in traffic or hurtling down a highway, sometimes all you need is a song to belt out, and there’s nothing better out there than this Bon Jovi hit. Lose your voice trying to reach the same notes as Jon Bon Jovi, or give yourself neck ache banging your head when at a standstill – we won’t judge. We’ll also accept the replacement of this song with absolutely any of Bon Jovi’s greatest hits. Who Says You Can’t Go Home is a calmer, feel good tune for a more tranquil sing along, or It’s My Life could take you straight back to the rebellious teenage days – whatever the case, pick a song, add it onto that playlist, and get ready to belt it out.

  1. Home – A Cover Of Your Choice!

Another widely covered song, Home has many, many an option for your playlist. Maybe you enjoy the smooth, sultry tones of Michael Buble and his original version, or you’re more of a Westlife fan and have a deep appreciation for the key changes. Blake Shelton has also released a version for those country fans among you. Whatever version you choose, this song is perfect for the return journey home. In that last stretch, there’s nothing better than getting excited for reaching your front door and greeting your long-missed friends and family – and this song can give you just a taste of it in the meantime.

While this blog is certainly light hearted in nature, the long days of a truck driver can certainly be made that little bit better with the right playlist. Whether you’re a driver yourself, or are just looking for a bit of an insight into the day in the life of the driver delivering your freight, hopefully this post has given you a good starting point for creating your own playlist.

If you’re looking for freight delivery on small and larger shipments, you can use our quick quote form to get a quote, or take a look at the rest of our site to find out more information today!

Customs laws are renowned for being a little on the difficult side to keep up with, and while here at Barrington Freight we’ll do our best to guide you through the process, knowing what you can and can’t ship before you even book our services is ideal for a seamless shipping process. While this may seem like a pretty easy thing to do, it may be a surprise that sometimes it’s not so simple; did you know you can’t ship pairs of shoes to South Africa, Mexico or India? Or that Kinder Eggs are illegal to import to America? Here, we’re exploring some of the strangest shipping restrictions from around the globe!


Yes, really. Shoes – or rather pairs of shoes – are completely illegal to import into South Africa, Mexico or India. In an effort to regain control over shoe production and distribution within their own countries, these three locations have enforced a strange law that no resident can import matching shoes into the country. Single shoes, however, are completely fine to send.

Kinder Eggs

Unless you live in America, it’s likely that you’ve enjoyed the pure heavenly taste of a Kinder Egg. These eggs are made of incredibly creamy milk and white chocolate, and come with the added bonus of cute little toys inside. Oh, and they are officially under a federal ban in the United States due to the fact that they are deemed a choking hazard. These fun treats could cost you around $2,500 per egg in fines if you try and import them, and you won’t even get the chance to taste it before they’re confiscated and probably destroyed. In short – it’s just not worth it.

Dental Products

If you’re planning on sending dental products to Algeria, you might want to think again. Due to the overwhelming unpopularity of fluoride within the country, they have deemed it poisonous and harmful in some areas. All dental products have been banned in the country for this exact reason, so you won’t be finding any Colgate here!


You may think that the Japanese pufferfish is adorable and a little funny to watch, but the European Union certainly doesn’t think so. In fact, due to the poisonous nature of its organs, this is completely banned in any EU countries. The US hasn’t banned it, but it does require licenced chefs if you’re planning on cooking it. Do your research if you, for any reason, need to send a pufferfish overseas!

Car Horns

Saudi Arabia aren’t best known for their liberal thinking. In fact, you’ll find countless things banned here including music in shopping centres, and birthday cards that play music – are you seeing the pattern? Car horns are particularly noisy, and it appears that Saudi Arabia aren’t fans of anything particularly noisy. All noisy or loud goods are banned here, so you might want to rethink sending that car horn!

While some customs rules and regulations may seem ridiculous, every country has their rules for a reason. Whether it’s struggling markets they want to keep control of, or banning poisonous fish for safety purposes, the reasons are there and so it’s important to pay attention to each country’s rules and ensure we adhere to them.

If you’re looking to ship your goods overseas, why not get a quote from us today, or get in touch if you’d like more information?

The World's Most Beautiful Ports

The freight industry can often drum up images of industrial-style ports with towering piles of containers, but the fact of the matter is, it’s not quite as dull. Ports all over the world are used for a variety of uses, from freight and shipping, to cruise ships and small boat boarding. While some of these ports are picture-perfect representations of these towering piles of containers, there are plenty more that have proven to be not only useful, but visually stunning too. Here at Barrington Freight, we’re exploring some of the world’s oldest and most stunning ports.

Venice, Italy

Venice is undoubtedly one of the most stunning cities in all of Europe, and its port certainly doesn’t disappoint either. The Mediterranean ocean is home to some of the most incredible ports, but Venice certainly takes the cake as one of the most popular and visually stunning in maritime history. The gothic style architecture sits comfortably in amongst the city skyline, and with Byzantine and Arab influences too, there is a unique charm to Venice like no other. With the likes of the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basilica and much more, it’s a popular tourist destination as well as a popular city to ship to within Italy.

Istanbul, Turkey

As one of the oldest ports in all of maritime history, Istanbul’s port holds a rich history that makes it a true marvel to behold. Istanbul itself is the largest city in Turkey, and plays host to some unique architectural heritage and cultural history. Istanbul has been considered a major shipping port for centuries, and with the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn, the Black Sea and the Bosphorus around the city, it’s not difficult to see exactly why that is the case.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is known as one of the most prominent and stunning tourist destinations along the Adriatic Sea coast, and rightly so. This UNESCO World Heritage site is more than just a tourist destination, however. It also has an active and stunningly beautiful port about 2/5km northwest of the Old Town. While this is primarily a cruise port, it can and is used for shipping regularly too! The city itself is home to Renaissance era marvels, including Sponza Palace, the St Saviour Church, Franciscan Monastery and even the St Blaise’s church.

Tianjin, China

Situated on the northern side of the Chine, the Tianjin port in China is not only a stunning port, but it’s also a useful one. The political, cultural, economic and educational opportunities available in Tianjin make this port an asset for all kinds of uses. The city plays host to numerous museums, palaces, scenic views and so much more, so not only is this port useful, but it truly is one of the most beautiful.

There you have it, our collection of some of the most beautiful ports in the world. While some of these ports are designed for maritime use as opposed to freight shipping, they shouldn’t be overlooked. So whether you’re looking for a service to import from China from the beauty of Tianjin, or you’re simply looking for reliable sea freight services, here at Barrington Freight we take great joy in travelling to many of these stunning ports all over the world to get the job done.

Our Tips For Shipping During Peak Times

Throughout each year, there are various peak times for shipping that threaten to make the entire delivery line skid to a standstill. Delayed deliveries, damaged cargo and talk of theft being rife are all hot topics at this time of year, and it can be tempting to forgo the shipping process entirely when they roll around. However, there’s no need to fret when it comes to shipping during peak times. Here at Barrington Freight we are passionate about ensuring that your shipments get from A to B in good time and perfect condition and to help you with this process, we’ve pulled together a few tips and things you need to know about sending your cargo during peak times.

Plan Ahead

We cannot stress enough just how important it is to plan ahead when it comes to shipping. If you have the choice, it’s better to ship outside of peak times simply to gain extra peace of mind that your cargo will arrive in good time. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers will all be shipping around peak times, and usually in high volumes and sometimes delays are simply out of our control. Plan ahead, ship away from peak times if you can, or give plenty of advance notice where possible if you can’t.

Cargo Is At Higher Risk

During peak times, cargo is unfortunately at higher risk than any other time of the year. Theft, damage, loss and delays are all potential issues that will need to be dealt with, and being prepared for this is paramount for a successful delivery. While we will do our best to ensure your goods arrive in good condition, thoughtful packaging, secure containers or tracked shipping and cargo insurance can all allow you to rest assured that your goods are safe during their journey.

Be Flexible

If you can be flexible, then be flexible. It’ll pay off not only in ensuring that your cargo is delivered safely, but it could even save you money. It’s no secret that cargo can often be more expensive during peak times, and while here at Barrington Freight we do our best to keep costs as low as possible, this is still something you need to take into consideration. Be flexible with where you’re willing for your shipment to go, as longer or round-about routes could even have your items arriving in better time than the usual fast route.

Get Insurance

While insurance is advisable no matter the time of year, taking out some kind of freight insurance during peak times is paramount to protect you and your shipments. If something were to get damaged or lost, and potentially even when something is late, you could cover any potential resulting monetary losses. It’s worth taking a look at the insurance on offer for your shipments just for that extra peace of mind.

Peak times can be stressful when it comes to shipping, but they don’t have to be. No matter whether it’s Christmas, Black Friday, Cyber Monday or any other peak time, getting your shipments from their starting point to the finish in one piece, good condition and in optimal time is no longer impossible.

If you’re looking to ship your goods, whether during peak times or otherwise, why not get in touch with us here at Barrington Freight or get a quote today.

The world is changing. Technology is a huge part of our lives, and with each and every day that passes, we find ourselves immersed deeper in new technologies and innovative processes and the logistics industry knows this better than most. The hot topic in the industry currently is Artificial Intelligence and whether or not it can have a positive effect on the industry in the future. Here, we’re exploring just what artificial intelligence could do for freight forwarding and logistics.

Preventative Maintenance

The failure of mechanics and technology are some of the biggest causes for delayed shipments, and is one of the biggest and most expensive issues that shipping companies can face. Artificial Intelligence could provide a much needed solution that will not only save companies and clients’ money, but valuable time too. IoT sensors could help managers assess and evaluate the condition of their trucks and other mechanical workings. With advanced machine learning algorithms, they could find out that a vehicle is in need of repair long before the issue begins to show itself.
This technology will prevent breakdowns, increase safety and allow proactive as opposed to reactive repairs and improvements.

Better Distribution Management

With large fleets of trucks or other forms of transport, freight and logistics companies may find it difficult to manage and keep track of each and every one without fault. Countless variables can have an effect on the fleet, from weather conditions to road closures, but machine learning algorithms could very well provide much easier management to ensure that deliveries are still completed with minimal fuss regardless.

A collection of algorithms currently in production and testing could very well improve the process around choosing alternative ports or routes. Accurate times of arrival, the likelihood of cancelled bookings and much more could be predicted, giving customers and freighting companies alike a much better insight into how the journey will go, and when the delivery will arrive at its destination.

Preparing For The Future

The future is coming, and it’s coming fast, and companies across the globe need to adjust quickly. While artificial intelligence may not be commercially available on a huge scale for another few years or so, machine learning is already being tested and used by companies across the world, and others are fighting to keep up. With cutting edge technology being rolled out and plenty more in production, it may only be a matter of time before the logistics industry becomes artificially intelligent and whether or not it’ll improve the industry has yet to be seen.

What do you think about artificial intelligence in shipping? Here at Barrington Freight, we do our best to ensure our customers are satisfied with their shipment speed and efficiency, so we’re all too eager to find out exactly what the future could hold for our company, and for the industry.

If you’re looking for a freight forwarder for your shipment or would like some more information about the services we can provide, why not get in touch with us here today?

What First Time Importers Need To Know

When it comes to importing goods to the UK for the first time, there’s no denying that it can be a daunting process. With a huge industry right in front of you, understanding just how it all works and what you need to know to navigate it can seem an impossible task. Here at Barrington Freight, we can help you import from China, or even from Taiwan, but to help first-timers in the importing process, we’ve decided to put together the ultimate guide to get you started!

Research Your Suppliers

Before you even book your shipments, you need to research your suppliers thoroughly. Compare, contrast, and then compare again to help you ensure that you truly understand who you’ll be working with. Telling the difference between an manufacturer and a trading company can prove to be difficult in some cases, so make sure that you check everything. If you are able to do so, it’s definitely worth taking a trip to visit the factory or headquarters of your supplier to help you ensure you know exactly who you are dealing with.

Understand The Freight And Logistics Process

Mismanaged logistics are the key component in missed deadlines, and so knowing your freight and logistics provider inside out is key. Here at Barrington Freight we are happy to provide any information you may require or like to know regarding our logistics process. Whether you check our FAQ’s, or you choose to get in touch with us to speak to a member of our fully knowledgeable team, we will do our best to help you understand our process and how we can help you get your imports from A to B. Why not read our testimonials to see what our other clients think?

Local Relationships Are Key

Having good local relationships is key to ensuring that your import goes off without a hitch. Chances are, you won’t be able to be around if a problem occurs, but by having links and relationships located at each stage of your cargo’s journey, there could be someone on site to assist at any point. We are proud to hold many valuable relationships with companies across the world, so we’ve done half of the work for you!

The Costs

While we will provide you with the most accurate quote that we can for your shipments, it’s important to remember that there may be additional costs you could incur along the journey. We will be happy to advise you on any duty or VAT costs that you may need to pay, however having some prior knowledge before sending your shipment can save you from having to pay these unexpectedly. Are you considering insurance for your shipment? That’s another cost you’ll need to consider, but it’s also one that could give you extra peace of mind.

Be Prepared For Customs!

Customs is the worst culprit for the hold-up of cargo. Before your goods even set off from their origin country, you need to make sure that everything is in place for UK customs clearance. You’ll need the following:

  • A commercial invoice from your supplier that declares the goods to customs.
  • A Bill of Lading to prove you are the actual owner of said goods.
  • An EORI Number
  • Commodity codes for your products. This enables HMRC to know what they are.

When It Arrives…

So your goods are on their way, they’ve passed customs with ease and now they’re about to be delivered to you – are you ready? There are a number of things you need to consider when it comes to the delivery of your goods, from whether or not the delivery address actually has the space to store the cargo, whether you need a fork lift for helping heavy items off of a lorry, what time your delivery will be turning up and whether you’ll have the manpower there that you need at the time and if you’re planning on delivering directly to the warehouse of your future seller, then you’ll need to consider their requirements too.

Hopefully this post has given you an insight into what you need to know as a first time importer. If you have any questions, or would like a quote for our importing services, don’t hesitate to get in touch, or fill in our quote form today.

The Ultimate Guide To Cargo Damage

The global transportation industry, freighting and logistics in particular, is a well-oiled machine, but it can certainly come with its bumps and bruises along the way. Regardless of whether you’re looking to ship by sea, air, road or rail there are risks that you need to take into account when shipping goods, even when shipping with us here at Barrington Freight. While every care will be taken with your shipments and imports, some conditions are out of human control and accidents can happen. In the case that the worst should happen with your shipment, it can be difficult to know what to do about it. We’ve pulled together our ultimate guide to cargo damage to help you identify potential damage and what to do should it occur, as well as how you can prepare your cargo for shipment to reduce the risk of accidental damage.

The Types Of Cargo Damage

Every year, thousands of complaints relate to damaged cargo. Physical damage, infestation, contamination, lost containers, water damage and so much more often crop up in complaints, but of all the claims, there are only five types that are classed as being ‘cargo damage’:

  • Physical Damage – Physical damage is where cargo is damaged due to dropping, breakages, being knocked during transit etc.
  • Wet Damage – Wet damage is precisely what the name suggests – when cargo is damaged by water.
  • Contamination Damage – Where cargo is damaged due to contamination.
  • Reefer Related Damage – This is where cargo is damaged due to reefer equipment or mishandling.
  • Infestation Damage – This damage covers any cargo affected by infestation.

Reasons For Cargo Damage

The reasons for damaged cargo truly can vary, but some of the most common reasons include lack of proper packaging, incorrect container types, incorrect temperatures, overloading, unbalanced weight distribution or simply through incorrect labelling that could lead to a hazardous container. Take sea freight, for example. As a result of the ship sitting on water for a long period of time the cargo is unlikely to be checked for the period of time it is in these adverse and potentially humid conditions. As such, this can lead to the movement of cargo within a container, potential water leakage and even bad odours if the goods are not packaged correctly, which ultimately leads to damage.

Action And Reaction

The blame game that follows after cargo is damaged is the biggest cause of emotional distress in the shipping industry. Customers tend to blame the freight forwarder or shipping line, but the blame doesn’t always rest here. In fact, more often than not, the fault can come from elsewhere, including:

  • Negligence by the shipper or packing warehouse when packing the cargo
  • The shipper or packing warehouse taking ‘shortcuts’ that could save them time or costs, but as a result have put the cargo at risk (this is commonly found in the shipment of heavy items such as steel, granite, or blocks of material)
  • Lack of knowledge about the nature of the cargo being shipped and any care that may need to be taken with said cargo.
  • Lack of checks before the shipment is sent to ensure cargo is safe and secure within the cargo.

In the case that there is no damage to the outside container, but to the cargo inside of the container, your claim against a freight forwarder would often fall through due to responsibility for packing lying with the shipper.

How You Can Help Prevent Damage

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that you can work to prevent damage to your cargo. Here at Barrington Freight we take pride in our service and will do our utmost to ensure that your goods arrive in the same condition they were sent in, but for extra peace of mind, here are some preventative measures you can take to ensure optimum safety:

  • Make sure you use the right container. Heavy cargo needs a container designed to carry heavy items, and that the right lashings and dunnage material are used within the container to restrict movement of the cargo.
  • When shipping cargo susceptible to wet damage, make sure you take note of the route that this will be taking. Climates with high humidity, for example, could affect the cargo inside containers, and condensation could create water damage without any damage to the container. Ensure all doors of the container are well sealed before shipment, and that all rubber gaskets are present and in reasonable, or good condition.
  • Read up on insurance for your cargo if you truly want to know you are protected in the case that your shipment is damaged before or during transit.

If you’d like any more information about what you can do to protect your shipments, or how Barrington Freight can help you get your goods to their destination with the utmost care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today or take a look at our FAQs.


There’s no denying that the world is being more than a little battered by some extreme weather as of late. From the likes of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, to the sub-zero temperatures battering the USA this January, there has been no shortage of disruption to every industry. But how does the freight and logistics industry cope? What happens to the Contracts of Carriage when they can’t be fulfilled correctly? Here at Barrington Freight, we’ve taken a look for you.

What is a Contract Of Carriage?

In legal terms, a Contract of Carriage is “a binding contract which includes terms of transportation that state the duties and privileges of a transporter and a passenger/shipper.” These are, quite simply, the contract between a transporter and the passenger or shipper using their service after the transporter takes responsibility of delivering passengers or cargo from a given departure point, to a given destination. The terms stated in each Contact of Carriage will depend on the transporter chosen, but will tackle issues around the cargo being carried, the liability associated with the transportation and the goods, and any remuneration should damage, injury or loss occur.

So, what happens when it all goes wrong?

Deviations From Planned Routes

Any vessels carrying cargo may deviate from their initially planned route to avoid extreme weather events, which could ultimately result in late delivery and potential losses for the receivers of the cargo. In the case that these receivers have suffered losses as such will not be entitled to anything under bills of lading that incorporate the Hague or Hague-Visby rules. These rules state that “Any deviation in saving or attempting to save life or property at sea or any reasonable deviation shall not be deemed to be an infringement or breach of this convention or of the contact of carriage, and the carrier shall not be liable for any loss or damage resulting therefrom…” – In other words, there is no liability in the case that the deviation is deemed appropriate or necessary to save life or damage.

Changing The Place Of Discharge

In the bill of lading, a place of discharge will be named but it isn’t always possible to use this destination. In the case where this point of discharge is unavailable, the terms of the bill of lading may state that the carrier can discharge the cargo elsewhere – or, in some cases, it can be agreed between the holder of the bill of lading and the carrier that the cargo be discharged at another, substitute place of discharge. In this case, every effort should be made to destroy the original bill of lading, to avoid the cargo being sold using this invalid bill.

In the case where changing the place of discharge is not possible and no substitute is agreed, the contract of carriage could become frustrated – which we’ll look into in more detail below!

Frustration Of Contracts

In short, the frustration of contracts ultimately means that the contract is rendered worthless. If loading or discharging cargo at the given point of loading or discharge is not a possibility, and no other substitute has been named or allowed, then the contract between the transporter and passenger or shipper could be frustrated. If the contract is frustrated, all obligations from either party regarding the contract is null and void, and neither can recover any losses in this instance. It can be difficult to determine whether a contract of carriage has been frustrated, and could depend on anything from how long the circumstances have been ongoing, to how long they could go on and whether the cargo is perishable.

Damage To Cargo

It’s no secret that cargo can become damaged in the best of conditions, so when freight is being carried through extreme, adverse weather conditions, it’s a distinct possibility. Of course, this all depends on when the cargo was damaged, and how. Cargo-carrying vessels that have been unable to avoid the effects of extreme weather could have a defence against claims for any damage to cargo under Article IV Rule 2 of the Hague and Hague-Visby rules. The rules state;

“Neither the carrier nor the ship shall be responsible for loss or damage arising or resulting from:

(c) Perils, dangers, and accidents of the sea and other navigable waters…”

However, carriers will need to prove that they have exercised diligence to ensure their vessel is seaworthy before they set off, and after they begin their voyage.

The laws and regulations around cargo shipping and how adverse weather conditions can affect shipments, as well as the rights and liability should it all go wrong are important to understand if you’re planning on shipping or importing goods. For more information, or to book your shipment with us here today, don’t hesitate to get in touch!


2017 was a big year in the world of freight and logistics, with the good, the bad and the ugly making themselves very much known to consumers and freight forwarders alike. From the likes of Brexit negotiations making murky waters even more so, to U.S relations with pretty much everywhere seeming to be going south, it can seem like making any kinds of predictions for the year ahead is impossible, if not a complete waste of time. But here at Barrington Freight, we’re determined not to let this period of uncertainty prevent us from looking to the future – so here are some of the top trends we could see in freight and logistics in 2018!

Companies Will Compete With Customer Experience

2017 saw the start of a much-needed adjustment in the freight industry – putting the customer first. You’ll be happy to know that 2018 looks no different. In fact, companies throughout the industry could start to compete more aggressively with each other using customer experience not only with their business, but in their technologies and services specifically. Better technology, easier-to-navigate websites and applications, and increased relationship-building with clients are all playing a vital role in helping companies compete, and in improving the industry as a whole. A happy customer is more likely to keep coming back, after all, so why not take advantage and spend a little more time putting the customer first?

Supply Chain Visibility Will Improve

Supply chain visibility is hardly a new topic in the world of logistics, and so this trend is arguably not a new one. Instead, it’s a lasting one, and something that freight companies should be doing their best to keep up with. Real-time freight visibility might not be widespread, but with increased demand for such a service from corporate and consumer sources alike, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple. Supply chain visibility has plenty of benefits beyond just catering to demand, however. Visibility enables proactive action, enables management by exception, and can even offer faster, more efficient procure-to-pay and order-to-cash processes. Not to mention, it can keep consumers happy knowing where their shipments are!

There Will Be A Rising Demand For Data-Driven Logistics

With increased technology comes data, and with 2018 comes the potential for a rising demand for data-driven logistics. Big-data algorithms and improved data-visualisation techniques could prove to open up freight forwarders to a whole new method of supply chains. High pressure is being forced upon manufacturers to use the data available to them in order to predict what supplies are required where in advance of when they are actually need. Additionally, with operational and administrative processes being impacted by improved data collection, it’s only a matter of time before the industry is being fuelled almost entirely by data.

What Technologies Could We See?

As with most industries in the past year or two, the freight industry is no stranger to the idea of automated technologies. While driverless trucks and drone deliveries might not be just around the corner, 2018 could be the year we see advancements in the freighting industry to bring it fully into the current era. Efficiency is a hot topic when it comes to deliveries, especially as far as road freight is concerned, and platooning technology is just one example of this. What do we mean by platooning technology, you ask? Well, platooning technology is a situation in which a group of trucks – usually three – will travel together with drivers, but the trailing two will automatically move in tandem with the one in front. This takes away the risks that comes with completely automated vehicles, but allows for smaller spaces between trucks and could even improve mileage through reduced wind resistance.

2018 could be a big year for the freight and logistics industry, and given the current global climate it can be difficult to securely predict what the year might bring. However, with current trends centred around technology and data still being in full swing, what we can say is this – it’s going to be exciting to find out!

If you’re looking to import or export, why not take a look at the range of services we can offer here at Barrington Freight, or get in touch with a member of our expert team today.