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Legal Regulations for Shipping

When shipping any goods across land or sea there are a number of legal considerations to make. The purpose of employing a shipping company is to have someone facilitate these considerations on your behalf.

However, it is also extremely useful for all people who are either shipping or receiving shipped goods to be aware of the various legal elements of their business. This way, they can ensure that their goods are being shipped appropriately and that all of their legal obligations are being taken care of.

Regulations

One of the many difficulties in shipping goods across geographical borders is in knowing which rules and regulations have to be followed. This is why the shipping industry has a variety of UN agencies which regulate and provide legal rulings to those using shipping. Of these UN agencies, the one primarily in charge of shipping and chemical transport is the International Maritime Organisation.

In addition, many of the foundation rules which the IMO follow are set by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who work as part of the Department for Transport and various international partners to establish the rules for shipping, navigation, construction and operation of freight ships.

UK Shipping

Any person or body wishing to ship goods from the UK must follow both UK and EU regulations as they do so. As with many legal regulations, these are extremely complex and this is the reason why, when organising a complex freight such as liquid transport, many people turn to shipping brokers to make their arrangements for them.

Although a UK law is made within the UK and is only applicable in the UK, any law that is made in the EU governs every country which forms part of the EU. Therefore, as soon as a law is passed within the European Union, it becomes a legal requirement in the UK too.

How the IMO Works

Based in the UK but operating throughout the world, the IMO regulates the shipping industry throughout the world. Their main aim is to ensure that legal matters, safety, environmental issues, efficiency and security of shipping worldwide is adhered to in the same manner. Therefore, they work with a variety of governments to ensure that the regulations for the shipping and receiving of goods remains universal wherever the particular country may be.

In order to do this effectively they carry out regular meetings with all countries who are affected by the various rules they lay out. They then make any necessary amendments to policies with the good of all member states in mind.