Transshipment Law and Legal Definition

Transshipment is the transfer of cargo from one vessel or conveyance to another vessel for further transit to complete the voyage and carry the cargo to its ultimate destination. The term transshipment implies a connecting carrier. Transshipments are usually made where there is no direct sea link between the consignor's and consignee's countries. Transshipment may also be done if the intended port of entry is blocked, or as a means to hide the identity of the port. Transshipment exposes the shipment to a higher probability of damage or loss The exact definition of transshipment varies between ports, depending on the inclusion of inland water transport. Thus, the definition of transshipment may include only seaborne transfers like. a change to another international deep sea container ship or may include both seaborne and inland waterway ship transfers.