Transport - Shipping - International Trade

Transport & Logistics

At each transportation stage, a logistician may face cargo retention by carrier or cargo arrest by state authorities, leaving aside such traditional risks as vessel idle stay, demurrage, detention, cargo forced storage, absence of Bill of Lading etc.


What we do for you:

  • Holding negotiations with the container line in respect of demurrage, vessel idle stay, loss of cargo and storage costs for unclaimed cargo;

  • Drafting a reliable universal agreement on freight forwarding or other services in cargo transportation/handling, machinery and equipment purchase, Terms & Conditions;

  • Securing appeal against awards and actions of customs and other state authorities;

  • Drafting your own House Bill of Lading and NVOCC;

  • Drafting FCR individual proforma and FCR regulations;

  • Debt recovery from clients and damage recovery from subcontractors;

  • Defense of your interests at the Ukrainian and foreign courts and arbitrations (link to Litigation & Arbitration)

  • Consulting upon the following issues:


    • Cargo retention by carriers and state authorities;

    • Cargo insurance; 

    • Freight forwarder carrier and terminal liability insurance;

    • Subrogation and recourse recovery;

    • Loss, shortage and damage of cargo;

    • International sanctions;

    • Temporary import, dredging, port tariffs etc.



How to buy floating dock at the state without loss? The Client, large South African holding company, set a unique task for Interlegal: legal support of the multimillion deal upon sale & purchase of a floating dock to be constructed at the state shipyard.
How to win LMAA arbitration and to save 500 thousand USD for the Client? The Client, cargo owner who incurred losses amounting to ca. 500,000 USD due to cargo deterioration during sea carriage, applied to Interlegal.

Interlegal maritime and transport lawyers are active members of special international associations in transport & logistics.

Please read our articles about transport practice. We have them written for many years – probably you will find below answers to the issues of concern for your business. Otherwise, you may contact our experts for assistance in your business.


  • COVID-19 Worldwide Update01.04.20 01.04.20
    Brief updates on the current situation and domestic responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic from the global network forwarderlawmore
  • Injunctions Over the Right of Disposal of Ships04.12.19 04.12.19
    Shipowners’ creditors have an attractive option for choosing an instrument in aims to recover debts from the owners apart from a traditional ship arrest.more
  • How to buy floating dock at the state without loss?11.01.18 11.01.18
    The Client, large South African holding company, set a unique task for Interlegal: legal support of the multimillion deal upon sale & purchase of a floating dock to be constructed at the state shipyard.more
  • PROHIBITED Import/Export06.09.18 06.09.18
    In this article, we will speak about the most recent ones, and try to give an answer to the question how legal their affairs at the Ukrainian ports are, and what consequences «care about the Black Sea ecology» may cause for shipping parties.more
  • Set on the right path31.08.18 31.08.18
    Legal expert explains why Ukraine is emerging as a ‘hidden gem’ for international port investorsmore
  • Some issues of the vessel arrest in Romania07.05.18 07.05.18
    Recently, the practice of ship arrest in Romanian ports has become more active. Below, we have tried to concentrate the most frequent topics faced by shipowners.more
  • Ship arrest in Ukraine: updated regulations26.04.18 26.04.18
    Law of Ukraine No. 2147-VIII substantially modifies provisions of the Commercial Procedural Code of Ukraine and Civil Procedural Code of Ukraine regarding the arrest of ships as a precautionary measure to secure a maritime claim.more
  • Debt for ship repair: how to avoid problems?04.04.18 04.04.18
    It is obvious, if at the stage of negotiations the parties discuss the whole range of terms for their further relationship and its performance procedure, as well as fixed their arrangements in the contract, many problems will be avoided.more
  • Interview for the Project Cargo Weekly22.02.18 22.02.18
    Interview for the Project Cargo Weekly about the establishing of Interlegal law firm, Ukrainian shipping business, ship arrests and legal fees.more
  • F.A.Q.Shipping in Ukraine25.01.18 25.01.18
    Frequently asked questions about Shipping in Ukraine.more

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