Difference between port of discharge and port of delivery.


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Difference between port of discharge and port of delivery.


This is one of the common doubts among traders, the difference between port of delivery and port of discharge. Is there any difference between port of discharge and place of delivery? Is port of discharge and place of delivery same?


The column ‘Port of Discharge’ and ‘Place of Delivery’ is same in most of the Transport document. Are there any difference in Port of discharge and place of delivery?


The port of discharge and place of delivery is commonly mentioned in the bill of lading. The term Port of Discharge means, the Port in which the goods are discharged. However, if the port of delivery has been mentioned in the bill of lading, the responsibility to deliver goods at place mentioned in Bill of Lading is vested with the carrier of goods.

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Port of discharge can be a destination sea port, where in Place of delivery be at an inland location away from port of discharge. If the carrier accepted goods from shipper to deliver at a port other than port of discharge, the cost of delivering cargo from port of discharges to the place mentioned to deliver cargo has to be met by the carrier of goods.


If the carrier accepts goods up to port of discharge only, the column ‘place of delivery’ or ‘port of delivery’ leave blank, which means the liability of carrier to deliver cargo is only up to port of discharge.  Also read - What is Dry Port?  


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Dane: Thanks for this article!

Difference Between Port Of Discharge and Delivery: Port Of Discharge is the place where all goods have to drop in at least one time. But Port of delivery is different, All goods come to the Port Of Discharge then they are delivered to the Port Of Delivery. The difference is clear. All goods come to the Port Of Discharge and they are delivered to the Port Of Delivery points.

nitheesh kurup : I am working in shipping company, when i gone through some shipments, got some doubts regarding Port Of Discharge & Place Of Delivery, the shipment was going to Aden port, Yemen. and i requested the liners to mention Aden port in both the places as Port of Discharge (Aden port- Yemen) / Place of Delivery (Aden Port- Yemen) but they refused to mention the same at place of delivery and they kept it blank. if the shipment is going to Aden port- Yemen, why can't they mention it in both the places, awaiting your valuable reply.



AKSHAY KEDAWAT : I was going through your website from last few days. well I am thankful that your website help alot to enhance my knowledge. Well to the point now. sir I am chartered accountant student and do have knowledge of all these process and formalities which are been done in case or import and export. but I never performed in pratical. well I am writing this because I want to know where I should I go to to gain practical knowledge of all. and even I want to know what port and what position I should apply. as I am kinda confused what to or what not. As I am Totally new to this.

FENCES n GATES : The Bill of Lading clearly has Mersin as the port of destination and nowhere does it state and I was never advised that the shipment would be offloaded in Istanbul and that customs clearance would need to be effected in Istanbul. Mersin is both an international port and CFS in Turkey and the only reason I agreed to ship the personal effects of my employee was because the discharge was in Mersin as the consignee is based in Gaziantep which is close to that port and he could personally pick up his shipment. What I would like to know is if the shipping agent has the right to simply offload in Istanbul without prior advice and contrary to what I was advised and what is reflected on the Bill of Lading.

Boniface Dominic: I'm a importer and exporter license holder in India. One buyer for example from Dubai open LC transferable to my company and I opened back to back LC to seller in Kenya. How can I make bill of lading from the port of seller to the port of buyer?

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