The Maritime Sector
The audit trail is vital to any aspect of the marine cargo management process. It is pointless for the export trader to make a consignment ready for shipment without maintaining any proper records of how the consignment was actually shipped, especially in cases where the buyer arranges the overall shipment. In the present age of increased levels of risk and security, there is a far greater requirement for a high level of vigilance and compliance in the marine cargo sector, given the risk of terrorism and piracy, as well as marine accidents and mishaps. To this extent, the planning of any maritime shipment is vital and requires much attention. In some cases, however, a single importer may arrange the shipment of several consignments from different suppliers but loaded into the same container on a less-than-container load (LCL) basis using the Free Carrier (FCA) term.