The shipping industry and international trade are intrinsically linked.

From bulk commodity cargoes to specialist reefer and containerised cargoes, the international trade of goods by sea is covered by national, regional and international regulations and standards.

With trade often involving numerous parties and passage through multiple jurisdictions, contracts, agreements and disputes can quickly become complex and costly.

Shearwater Law’s international trade team is adept at providing English law legal assistance on a cross-border, multi-party basis and has considerable experience engaging in litigation, and arbitration before courts and tribunals including London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA). Mediation can also be an effective way to resolve disputes.

The Shearwater Law team has engaged in litigation and arbitration before trade bodies including The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), and The Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fat Associations (FOSFA).

Our international trade practice covers a breadth of commercial activities, from quantity and quality disputes to payment terms and delay as well as shipping aspects of the trade.

The companies and individuals that call upon Shearwater Law’s international trade legal experience include international traders, insurers, freight forwarders, logistics providers, ports and warehouse operators.

If you require support with an international trade related issue, speak to Shearwater Law today.

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