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.


  • General view on service providers’ liability in Ukraine02.09.14 02.09.14
    Ukrainian Law does not contain specific provisions as for the service providers’ liability. Such is regulated by general provisions stipulated by the law for the liability of the forwarders and/or the carriers and/or the warehouse operators as the case may be.more
  • Forwarder’s Liability as a Consignee under Bill of Lading - a Ukrainian Perspective16.02.14 16.02.14

    What is the legal status of a consignee as the person in whose favour a contract of carriage is made? Should it be substantially different if this role is played by a forwarder?

  • Freight-forwarder liability at a glance29.05.13 29.05.13

    In modern practice, the organisation of the transport process often necessitates direct international multimodal transportation, in which case the freight forwarder carries out the contract of carriage as a multimodal transport operator, even if...

  • Out-of-gauge adventures26.07.13 26.07.13

    The problem of handling the out-of-gauge cargo in Black Sea has been arisen by the organizers of Maritime Days in Odessa for several times. It is transportation of such cargo which detects weak points of transport infrastructure of the region, the country in general and even peculiarities of local bureaucracy.

  • IBA Real Estate newsletter10.07.09 10.07.09
    The Ukrainian land law is undergoing signi?cant changes due to the constant development of land transactions in Ukraine. In autumn 2008 one could observe an unprecedented number of amendments to the laws covering real estate issues in Ukraine.more

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