Gene Johnson Nov. 23, 2015, 1:21pm


A shipping company is being sued over claims that goods were reportedly damaged while en route from America to China.

Sinotrans Ltd. filed a lawsuit against Beibu Gulf Shipping Ltd. on Oct. 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

On May 13, Sinotrans charted a vessel from Beibu Gulf Shipping to transport more than 46,000 metric tons of Uruguayan soybeans for discharge in China, as well as 18,509 metric tons of Argentine soybeans headed for various Chinese ports, the complaint states.

Upon arrival in China, according to the lawsuit, there was extensive damage to the cargo of Uruguayan soybeans in the amount of $9.3 million. A survey, according the claim, revealed that there were some pre-existing areas of moisture in some cargo parcels and that Beibu Gulf Shipping failed to give any notice prior to the loading of the car to the vessel.

Sinotrans Ltd. is seeking $7 million, plus interest, costs and attorneys’ fees. It is represented by New Orleans-based attorneys Daniel A. Tadros and Adelaida J. Ferchmin of Chafee McCall LLP.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:15-cv-05284-EEF-KWR

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